The P.K. Subban drama continues on this week, and it appears that things are getting worse, not better. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reported Wednesday morning that the Montreal Canadiens are still low-balling the former Norris Trophy winner.
Both sides are expected to continue negotiating today and tomorrow.
Subban/MON arbitration asks: Player — $8.5M. Team — $5.25. No doubt both sides will work to get deal done beforehand
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 30, 2014
Per reports, Subban is seeking upwards of $8.5 million in arbitration, but the Montreal Canadiens are still only offering $5.25 million. As the sides remain far away in negotiations, it seems more and more likely that Subban won’t be a “lifer” with the team like he once stated.
P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.
While the figures above are just starting points for negotiations on Friday, it is still surprising to see the Canadiens going that low with their starting offer for P.K. Subban.
To put $5.25 million in perspective, Tobias Enstrom and James Wisniewski will both have higher cap hits in the upcoming season.
P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy after the 2013 lockout shortened season, and he followed that up with 53 points in 82 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens.
P.K. Subban was a 2nd round pick (43rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 284 NHL regular season games, he has tallied 167 points and is a +10. He has 30 points in 42 NHL playoff games.