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The Waiting Game: P.K. Subban

The P.K. Subban contract situation has lost some traction in recent weeks as we await some piece of news from inside negotiations, or arbitration.

P.K. Subban is one of 20 NHL players who elected to take their teams to Salary Arbitration. Three others were taken to arbitration by their teams. Subban’s hearing it set for August 1. However, the two sides can come to an agreement prior to the hearing. Subban will likely command a deal that would see him paid anywhere between $7M – $10M per season, whether it’s decided by an arbitrator or the Canadiens.

His career numbers are stellar and he got even better last season. Subban racked up 10 goals and 53 points in 82 games with the Canadiens last season. He also led the team in playoff scoring with 14 points in 17 games. He was the fifth-highest scoring defenseman in the league in the regular season, fourth-highest in the playoffs, and averaged the seventh-most time on ice in the playoffs among all players with 27:26 per game.

The Canadiens’ Lars Eller also filed for arbitration and has his hearing set for July 25. He will likely sign a deal that will pay him $3M – $5M per season.

Of all 30 NHL teams, the Canadiens have the third-most salary cap space remaining. But that’s because they are saving their last $15M for Subban and Eller.

P.K. Subban certainly gives bang for his buck. We’ll see what unfolds in the coming weeks.

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