After weeks of speculation, rumors and an arbitration hearing, the Montreal Canadiens have finally come to an agreement with defenceman P.K. Subban. Subban signed an eight year $72m contract on Saturday.
I’m not too surprised with this deal at all. Carey Price and Subban have been carrying this team for the past few seasons now. There has been a lot of discussion surrounding whether Subban deserves $9m per season. And while that pay cheque may see far too high to some people, I believe he deserves every penny of it.
P.K. Subban finished second in scoring for the Montreal Canadiens with 53 points. He’s a Norris trophy winner. He’s got exceptional speed, a deadly slap shot and does whatever it takes to win. Subban had tremendous success on the powerplay tallying 23 points last season. Subban scored seven goals and accumulated a total of 14 points in the Montreal Canadiens playoff campaign.
P.K. Subban plays with such fierce intensity, he’s not afraid of anybody and isn’t afraid to take risks. He gets the fans into the game with several unique celebrations and uses that energy to give his teammates a boost. This kid has so much potential and I’m sure he’ll only improve moving forward. Subban can play on any line and in any situation in my opinion. This signing makes head coach Michel Therrien’s job a whole lot easier.
One for the Future
I believe P.K. Subban has the potential to be one of the greatest defenceman ever in the NHL. But he still has a lot to learn. He’s been known to take some silly penalties. He’s wreckless at times and gets caught pinching often. But I believe if he can work to correct these things in the years to come, he can become one of Montreal’s greats. With the length of this new contract, there is no doubt in my mind that Subban is being considered to take on the responsibility as Captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
I don’t believe he’s ready for that kind of responsibility yet. However, he now has eight years to prove his worth and lead his team into many more quests for the Stanley Cup. He’s a true Canadien talent and I can’t wait to see how many goals he’ll score in the upcoming season. I believe the Montreal Canadiens will be a very tough team to beat this year.