So, P.K. Subban signed a MAJOR contract yesterday, linking him to the Montreal Canadiens organization for the next 8 years at 9-million dollars a year on average.
Two days ago, the idea arose that the Dallas Stars could in the near future find a way to reel Subban in and stock him on their suffering blue line. Acknowledging this, I wrote an article on the possibility of this hypothesis being able to follow through (click here to read).
In the article, I noted that since arbitration was imminent considering the lack of a contract being settled on before the hearing, Subban was guaranteed a new contract with the Canadiens. The two sides constantly struggled and ended up being one of the only players who filed and did not settle on a new contract before their scheduled hearing. I concluded with the position that Subban’s future could go any way.
With the new max deal, his future is still a mystery, contrary to popular, outspoken opinion. Subban, on the one hand, is very happy to stay in Montreal, and he noted it on Twitter:
“My family and I are extremely happy to know that my future will be with the Montreal Canadiens.” – @PKSubban1
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 2, 2014
Even though Subban is happy, it’s not fully clear that the Canadiens organization feels the same way. They might, they might not. Just remember before you go into an uproar, the middle-man in the arbitration hearing made the new contract, not the two sides. But they could still feel mutual, there’s no way to know.
The player is happy to stay, but that means nothing in regards to the real card holders. After all, Loui Eriksson was extremely happy with the thought of staying in Dallas for his career.
But with Subban’s happiness in Montreal and his unmatched skill throughout the NHL, he’s probably staying put for a little while. But it was a good thought raised by the Twitter population, and crazier things have happened. Remember how Tyler Seguin came to Dallas right after receiving a 6-year extension from the Bruins.
So, this looks like it was merely a short-lived puff of smoke to help an unbearable offseason move along. Let’s just go back to dreaming about how nice the Stars’ offense is going to look next year!
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