Audio: Habs sign Subban to two-year deal

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Full Subban/Bergevin conference call (one minute or so of CTV interrupts call at about 14 minutes)

The Canadiens have signed defenceman P.K. Subban to a two-year deal putting to an end the contract saga that has hovered over the start of the team’s season. The team made the announcement Monday evening.

 The first year of the deal is worth $2 million but will be prorated for the lockout-shortened season. Subban will collect $3.75 million for the 2013-14 season.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and Subban spoke to the media at 8 p.m. Monday on a conference call.

Negotiations between the team and Subban’s agent Don Meehan started last May and resumed once the National Hockey League lockout ended but hit a stalemate.

A subdued Subban praised Bergevin Monday night for his professionalism and said the general manager’s consistency led to a resolution of the dispute. He complimented his teammates on their strong start to the season and said he was anxious to get on the ice with a great player like Andrei Markov.

“I watched all the games on TV and to say it was dfifficult would be an understatement,” Subban said from his home in Toronto.

Subban said it was particularly tough on opening night when Hall of Famers Yvan Cournoyer, Henri Richard, Serge Savard and Jean Béliveau participated in the opening ceremony. He said it served as a reminder that the Canadiens are a family and he wanted to be part of it.

“I grew up as a Canadiens fans and you all know my father is a great fan and I’m anxious to get back on the ice with my teammates,” Subban said.

“I’m always ready to play,” added Subban, whose return to the lineup is in the hands of head coach Michel Therrien.

Said Therrien at Tuesday’s morning skate in Brossard: “I’m going to meet with P.K. tomorrow and talk with him then. We’re not sure yet exactly when he’ll play.”

Subban will join his teammates Wednesday in Ottawa and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s in uniform this weekend when the Canadiens play their annual Super Bowl weekend matinees Saturday against Buffalo and Sunday against Ottawa.

Subban, 23, led the Habs in ice time last season, averaging 24:18 per game. He also had the most points – 36 - of any Canadiens defencemen last season.

The Habs face the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN 690 Radio).

At Tuesday’s morning skate the lines were set up like this: Eller-Desharnais-Cole; Prust-Galchenyuk-Gallagher; Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Moen-White-Armstrong (Blunden out). The defence pairings were: Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Diaz; Kaberle-Bouillon. Weber will be a healthy scratch and Price will start in goal.

Subban signs two-year deal with Habs, by Pat Hickey

Kids staying “because they deserve it”, by Pat Hickey

Backup Budaj says he’s ready, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens tickets are still available, by Brenda Branswell

Photo gallery from Habs practice Monday

Bergevin passes first test, by Mark Spector of Sportsnet

Jets head to Montreal, where new test awaits, by Winnipeg Free Press

Jets have liftoff in early going, by The Canadian Press

910 Comments

  1. Mike D says:

    So looking at Twitter, I see #Habs and P.K. Subban are the two most trending topics…..but for some reas the name Kaberle is up there too.

    Not a joke.

    - Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  2. Mothstoflame says:

    I had 2 drinks of my new bottle of V.O… I heard of PK, and it now half gone. I cannot wait for our back to back games. i hate having nights off, but lets hope it plays our way!

  3. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Good news and about time. Bye bye Weber, I guess. We have the makings of pretty nice defence corps if Markov and Diaz can keep it up. Go Habs!

  4. HABSsince92 says:

    Awesome news, this season so far has been really fun and it should get even better with Pernell Karl back!

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    PK please sign.

  5. Bripro says:

    I don’t want to rain on the rah rah parade, but looking at capgeek, next year’s going to be another story.
    With PK’s new contract, they’ll have a tad over $8MM with a ton of players to sign.
    But we’ll talk about this another time.

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Wasn’t gonna have a beer tonight, oops didn’t make it. And yah I am helping pay for the contract its Molson product, sorry folks, but i like all beer, love some! :)

  7. bear says:

    Bear
    Les Boyz,
    Ce ces’t du modit de bonne nouvelle eh!
    Une pitite Mol pour moi aussi!
    Go Habs! Go!

  8. ont fan says:

    Come on now, let’s enjoy this for a few days.

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Finally. Glad P.K. is back in the fold. With a stronger coaching team, an attacking team style that should be right up his alley, a resurrected Andrei Markov and improved Raphaël Diaz and Alexei Emelin to carry some of the load along with Josh Gorges, and a short track record of team success before he joined up, P.K. will have all he needs to be successful and grow into the player we all know he can be.\

  10. habs-hampton says:

    I see a few comments regarding PK upsetting the chemistry in the room. Back in the 70′s, there was a HUGE divide between some of the Anglos and Francos. And that team was arguably the most dominant of all time! Once they stepped on the ice, they were a TEAM! As long as everyone buys into MT’s system (which I love right now), all will be good.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      “HUGE divide” might be overstating it. There definitely was some linguistic tension around 1976 with Mario Tremblay being a strong advocate of the Parti Québécois, but most of the francos, while quite proud of their heritage, were muted in their embrace of any political cause or party. You’re quite right though that it was a side issue, unimportant compared to the more urgent matter of beating the Flyers and the Bruins.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Can you name names of who was on this divide on either side?

      • habs-hampton says:

        Peter Mahovolich, Mario Tremblay, (if I remember right, its been a while). Didn’t Henri Richard play a big role in Al MacNeil being fired because he wasn’t French?

        • habsfan0 says:

          Actually, Richard was mostly upset with MacNeil for benching him more than anything else.

          Fortunately, MacNeil gave Richard a regular turn on the ice during Game 7 of the 1971 Finals on May 18,1971. Richard responded by scoring 2 goals that night,including the Cup winner vs the Black Hawks,and the 2 embraced after the game.

          • otter649 says:

            Richard also put Serge Savard in his place (by slapping him) after an argument in the dressing room when Savard suggested not talking to the press but Richard let him know that the press had a job to do. Savard did not fight/hit back showing the respect he had for Richard……

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          That was earlier in 1971, and there was a linguistic basis for the uproar, which was mostly caused by Coach McNeil benching the aging Richard, who didn’t take it well. The quote from him was that his coach was “incompetent”.

          The circa1976 incident of Mario Tremblay and Peter Mahovlich getting into a fight in a hotel over the politics of the day was well documented, with Mario owning the bigger opponent.

          • HabFab says:

            Yeah but Pete was drunk (usual condition)

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Yeah, I like how we traded Pete partly because he partied too much, but got ‘Lucky’ Pierre Larouche in return. Out of the frying pan into the fire.

      • Bill says:

        The Anglo side was led by Ned Braden, the Franco side by Denis Lemieux.

        It wasn’t acrimonious, it was just that neither understood anything the other was saying.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

  11. chilli says:

    In other news: In his SJ debut, Gomez missed an open net while basically standing in the crease.

    Tre

  12. habsnyc says:

    Someone posted earlier today this deal was imminent. Great job by them. Nice work by MB to get PK to take a bridge deal. This was the logical deal all along. It should not have caused a holdout, but at this price, PK is a welcome addition to the team. He could easily merit a huge extension before this deal finishes.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  13. habsfan0 says:

    So, is this in fact a 1 and a half year deal to be prorated as such?

    Or did MB agree to pay PK for the entire 2 year length of the contract as an inducement to signing him?

    • habsnyc says:

      prorated. but he back end loaded it so that OK would lose less salary from the lockout and holdout.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Clever, and a bit of face-saving by him. Both parties walk away with a small victory, and as with most negotiations, both parties walk away having not won everything they wanted. Marc Bergevin’s situation capwise for next year is a little tighter than he wanted when he offered $2.9M, but much more manageable than if he had given in to the long-term contract demand of Mr. Meehan and Mr. Subban.

        EDIT: It just occurred to me that the cap hit will be unchanged for next year, since the same salary as the original proposal is just distributed differently. It still averages out to the same cap hit. Glad P.K. makes a little more money, and Mr. Bergevin isn’t handcuffed to re-sign David Desharnais and others to improve the team for next season.

  14. jeffhabfan says:

    Great to hear P.K. got signed awesome news tonight. See he got what Habs offered because NO player is bigger then the team.

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Some posters are saying (okay, it’s Loonie) that in the next negotiations, Meehan will make Bergevin pay for being tough on these ones.

    If PK plays well in the next two years, he’ll be able to get a big payday regardless of this contract. This contract has nothing to do with next time’s.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I guess that’s why dummy me really didn’t see the benefit from the organizations point of pushing a bridge contract. Why not….. never mind.

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    • Loonie says:

      Ignoring the effect previous negotiations have on current negotiations would be nice in the real world.

      Shame that in the real world people remember their transactions with business partners and colleagues. They remember when they were bent over a barrel and lick their chops at the thought of exacting revenge.

      Sure, in NeverNeverland these negotiations will have no future impact on the next ones. But unfortunately in reality they will.

      And it isn’t just me saying it.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Remind me not to do business with you, I would hate to get the upper hand on the first deal. ;-)

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Sorry, but what in the “real world” remotely resembles negotiations between an NHL team and a restricted free agent?

        This is a severely restrictive job market that happens to make its employees millionaires. There’s no parallel except the NBA.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • Loonie says:

          The history of contracted athletes and negotiations between their managers and teams paints a pretty clear picture that Meehan will extend no discount to Bergevin in two years.

      • Mattyleg says:

        It’s not just you saying it?
        Well, it’s just you saying it here.

        And not everyone ‘licks their chops at the thought of exacting revenge.’ Only petty, small-minded types. Don’t think PK falls into that category.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I agree that the team will be all too happy to break the bank for P.K. if he continues to develop and becomes the player he can be. I do think the latter won’t be inclined to offer up a hometown discount next negotiations, but I prefer the current scenario, where he has to buckle down and earn his big deal with another couple seasons of hard work.

  16. HabFab says:

    Now we can start climbing them stairs;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK_DOJa99oo

  17. aj says:

    So, if all goes well, the final roster for the 2013 Montreal Canadiens be:

    Forwards:
    (1st Line) Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole
    (2nd Line) Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
    (3rd Line) Prust – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
    (4th Line) Moen – White – Armstrong
    (13th Forward/s) Eller, Nokelainen, Leblanc, Blunden

    Defencemen:
    Markov – Diaz
    Gorges – Subban
    Bouillon – Emelin
    Extras: Kaberle, Weber, St. Denis, Tinordi or Beaulieu

    Goalies:
    Price
    Budaj

    I like the Boullion – Emelin combo on the back end. It makes it more interesting and tough for any team to up against with.

    • dano58 says:

      You must be smoking something because you have Eller as a spare and Diaz with Markov. Diaz will be with him on powerplay only as it will be to much more work for Markov to babysit Diaz on defense unlike Emelin who carries his own and then some in D situations. As for Eller he could be 2nd line center when Pleks goes to 1st line center and DD is a spare or is traded(sorry to my french speaking fans) . Eller is a much better 2 way player like Pleks is so he is needed more and MT will see that if he ever gives him consistent linemates.
      GO HABS GO!!!

      “Opinions are like assholes and everybody has one.”
      Hopefully the Habs brass only takes the best ones!

      • sane hockey fan says:

        So a guy who scored 60 pts last year and centered the teams top line, setup his two wingers for 30 goal seasons is gonna sit for one who scored 28 and hasnt proven he deserves top line billing?
        What are YOU smokin’ bro?

        • dano58 says:

          Nothing I just realize his talent and it will show if he ever gets to play with real line mates at his natural position. DD is good but Eller can and will be better and hopefully in a Habs uniform.

          GO HABS GO!!!

          “Opinions are like assholes and everybody has one.”
          Hopefully the Habs brass only takes the best ones!

    • habs-hampton says:

      I love our D right now. No weaknesses. Beaulieu will be good someday, but he is nowhere ready for the NHL this year. I think Armstrong will be eventually replaced by Blunden. Its time to move Webber while we can. Maybe package him with Noki and Armstrong.

    • vegas says:

      not sold on the first line especially now that max pac is out 4 – 6 weeks , still not convinced DD is the guy we want cetering our 1st line. Since max is out maybe give him a shot at left wing

      Anyways I think the PLeky line is now the first line

      your D parings won’t cut it
      Markov / Emelin
      Gorges / Subban
      Boullion / Diaz
      Kaberle / Weber

  18. Ron says:

    So it would seem he won’t beable to suit up till later in the week. PK has not had his team medicals as of yet. He is to meet them in Ottawa Wednesday so most likely medicals on Thursday, practice with MT and the boys Friday and play Saturday afternoon. Can’t wait. Going to be a good weekend.

  19. Hockey Bob says:

    Excellent work MB and I hope it is not a dime over 3 mill per. Now ship the self cantered show boat out of town for a top forward before he destroys team chemistry.

  20. shiram says:

    Can the Habs give such a contract, it seems like a big increase from the first year?
    If it’s legal, stuffing the second year was a good move, the first year at 2 million is a short season so he’d only get a fraction of the salary anyway, it might be a tough pill to swallow, but next season he’ll get paid just about what Gorges is making as a UFA.
    Habs have shown a willingness to pay their home grown talent on their third contract, PK should expect a nice deal coming his way within 2 years, at which point he will have had a season and a half to prove his worth.

  21. L Elle says:

    The conference call was mutually satisfying for me too. Now drop the effin’ puck! :)

  22. Sportfan says:

    Very happy that he signed and all the speculation can end! Now focus on Hockey and tomorrows game go habs go !

    Btw when is he going to play?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  23. Stormin says:

    Pk comes to his senses

    He will still be an RFA in 2014, and most likely he will be extended by then if he plays to the standard many of you think of him, or he will be traded by then, either way great deal, PK came to his senses, a new era hopefully the owners can continue too restrain themselves to avoid further lockouts.

  24. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Wow, I thought Ste Catherine street would freeze over before PK signed!

    Oh. Wait….

  25. Propwash says:

    Seriously….did somebody troll the presser with that long bank ad???

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  26. Le Jadester says:

    I’m glad that gong show is over.
    Good on ya PK and Markie and Donnie old boy for gettin’ it all done !
    Good team effort all around there eh ?

    It looks like our team should be in much better shape moving forward.

    Yesterday’s match was one of my favourites in a long time !

    I didn’t think we would bounce back after last year’s $hit show this quickly. Don’t really know who to thank but…..

    Markie is my favourite and the best Hab we’ve had over the long haul.

    Price (although yesterday’s goal 2 and 3 looked soft) has been playing with a lot more confidence and composure. I’m likin’ what I’m seein’

    Prustie is too good ! That line of “there’s a new sheriff in town” is still ringin’ for me (plus he a good ole’ London boy ! ) His goal last night got me all fired up !

    Then there’s Gally and Chuckie ! I’m so glad those two are stayin’ !
    last night’s 2nd goal was un-effin-believable. I mean the speed was killer. I know Mary F. soiled his pants after that one, guaranteed !

    Emelin is the real deal and now with PK, lets bring on them Boooins (dirty effer’s).

    I’m also likin’ what I’m seein’ from Bourque as well.

    Obviously, I can’t say enough about Plex and Cole-zie.

    I’d probably prefer Blunden over Armstrong…mostly cause the latter was a leaf ? Bias, whatever ?

    I guess the only things to fix is……..what’s gonna happen to Eller, Weber and Kaberle ? Hopefully trades for something good in return.

    Although, I wouldn’t give up on Eller just yet ? Man I wish we got Backes or Oshie for Halak….oh well

    Its been a while since I’ve ranted like this…..so my apologies. Just really happy that PK’s back and the team is playing to their potential ! Hopefully they do an LA thing like last year ?

    Habs, OLE !

  27. aj says:

    WE WANT PK!!
    clap: clap:
    WE WANT PK!!
    clap: clap:
    WE WANT PK!!
    clap: clap:

  28. Bripro says:

    Funny tweet during the news conference, from Ted Bird:

    Great. Now somebody’s dog is barking on the Subban conf call. What’s next – background violin lessons?

  29. Danno says:

    PK will be with the team on Wednesday for the morning skate in Ottawa

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. Danno says:

    “I don’t listen to rumours and neither does Donny or Marc” PK Subban

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  31. punkster says:

    PK denies the rumour that PK asked Meehan to speed up the process.

    ***SUBBANG BABY!!!***

  32. Loonie says:

    Subban and Bergevin saying all of the right things. Don Meehan putting a handkerchief to his mouth to wipe away the salivation produced from thinking about June of 2014.

    And he’ll remember the lack of flexibility on the two year deal.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So you don’t like the deal then?

      • Loonie says:

        I love the deal. I fear it will be remembered in future negotiations however.

        And when Meehan and Subban have 20 plus teams ready to knock on the door, Bergevin will have to pay him Price money.

        Edit: You don’t think the lack of term flexibility will be in Meehan’s mind next time they negotiate?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think both sides were professional throughout, and if indeed PK deserves a huge raise in two years he will get it. It will be up to MB to find a way to afford it now. Not like he doesn’t see the potential income of PK either.

          • Loonie says:

            True but I think these negotiations set him up to kiss any discount in the future goodbye. That’s all I’m saying here.

            Happy with the deal, happy Subban will be on the ice shortly, happy Bergevin can now cite this precedent with more strength than any other in negotiating the bridge deals.

            Worried that Meehan will make him pay BIGTIME down the road.

        • Blondie says:

          If so then he’ll have earned it and we will all probably be a pretty happy bunch. :)

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Tom, this is pretty much what I wrote in an earlier thread today.
          I think PK will be more relunctant to sign at a somewhat discounted price on a long term deal because of this.
          He may have signed for 5M per season on a long term now, but in 2 years, he’ll ask for 7 or 8 just to say “I told ya so…should given me the long term 2 years ago.”

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Loonie says:

            We definitely agree that this is a strong possibility.

          • K-hab25 says:

            He’s not getting 7 or 8 million in 2 years. What world do you guys live in? He’s still an RFA in 2 years, so no 20 teams won’t be coming after him. If he lives up to his potential, he’ll probably get somewhere in between 5 or 6 million a year on a long deal, if not than probably 4 million on a short deal, we’ll see.

          • Loonie says:

            He’ll be arbitration eligible. He could decline any contract the Habs offer, go to arbitration and then play out his RFA status under a much more lucrative one year deal and then walk.

            There are a lot of dangerous ways this can play out.

          • K-hab25 says:

            If he chose that route, it would mean he didn’t want to be here, trade him. If he’s going to win this huge salary in arbitration, then he must’ve played well. Good, then we should get a big return. That’s fine with me.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I think Subban wants the BIG bucks. He’ll be super motivated the next two years.

      I’m sure he’ll earn it over the next two.

    • Phil C says:

      The Habs will be in a better position to open the vault in two years.

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Give it a f***ing break. Not everybody holds a grudge like you do.

      Can we just not be happy PK signed and knock off the, “I’ll get you my pretty” BS?

      Go Habs Go!!

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      Ka is a wheel.

      For Your Life

    • Stormin says:

      He will still be an RFA in 2014, and most likely he will be extended by then if he plays to the standard you and some others think of him, or he will be traded by then, either way great deal, PK came to his senses, a new era hopefully the owners can restrain themselves to avoid further lockouts.

  33. PeterD says:

    Post video and or audio of conference call and interviews….Please

  34. Habitforming says:

    This deal was made because of one of two things.

    1) PK just wants to play and be a part of this team going forward and took less than he is worth to do it.

    2) Pappa Subban told him to take the deal and wait for the next contract .

    I’m betting its the latter. Either way there is a price to pay for low balling your top end young talent early on in thier careers, just a matter of when it will be called on.

  35. punkster says:

    Gee…MB didn`t pay attention to our complaining…“ìf I think like a fan I`ll soon be one`…

    ***SUBBANG BABY!!!***

  36. Danno says:

    “If I think like a fan I’ll soon be one” Marc Bergevin

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Listening to MB, I so appreciate how matter of fact he is.

    • Bripro says:

      Repost… but appropriate to your observation.

      Subban was asked a dumb question about being selfish, and MB interjected saying that the fact that he’s signed shows just how unselfish he is.
      IMO, they both took the high road during the news conference. Good for them. And great for the team!

  38. Hobie Hansen says:

    I haven’t said one negative thing about Subban, ever. So please don’t call me racist or anti-Subban when I say this:

    The Habs have a good thing going in the locker room and on the bench right now. It’s no secret some of the Canadiens players don’t see eye-to-eye with Subban. So I hope he and his agent are smart enough to know that he should probably fly under the radar, hear the new coach out, learn the system and so on.

    I’m not saying anything about huge celebrations because I love every one of them but I hope he buys into everything, like his teammates seem to be doing, and goes about his business in a professional way.

    He’s getting a bit older and maturing, like Price, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.

    • Loonie says:

      If players in the room don’t see eye to eye with Subban, it’s probably because of a difference in height.

      Please attach references to problems with current players, otherwise you’re no better than the trolls who spew up this garbage about Subban consistently.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I could be wrong Tom. I hope I am. But recently I’ve had the feeling some of the4se reports are accurate.

        Eric Cole hinted at it the other day in a response to PK not being there. Kinda went out of his way to throw an extra jab in there too.

        I love the guy, have his jersey, have watched every highlight of his 1000 times.

        maybe I’m wrong by believing some of these reports. I didn’t say what i said to start a fight.

        • Loonie says:

          Again. Reference to anything even remotely contentious with a current teammate?

          When you feed off of the crap that the trolls spread, you feed them.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I’m not going to argue the point because I love Subban! I don’t want to give people the impression I’m against him in any sort of way. I guess you’re right Tom, the trolls got to me! I guess I never heard one credible source mention PK could ruffle the feathers of anyone on his team?

          • Loonie says:

            Hobie I’m asking not telling.

            If you have something that would validate the notion that he’s bad in the room I’d love to see it because it may change my opinion of him.

            I just haven’t seen anything like that since his rookie season. And it was with Hal Gill of all people, one of his strongest supporters these days.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          If he’s sitting beside Budda we’ll know he’s not buying into the team system MT is trying to instill. I was not originally a big fan of the MT hiring (but still better than Roy) however he seems to be have convinced the players who are responding to him so lets kick some Jet ass tomorrow.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

    • SmartDog says:

      I was thinking the same thing – I hope he fits back in easily. He’s no idiot, so he will try. If the worst happens and he doesn’t really fit, I think we can count on MB to move him to a team where he will.
      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Carta-Hab says:

      In a sense, I agree with you. The biggest concern I have at this stage is what inserting Subban into the lineup will do to the chemistry the team has developed so far. I am not trying to say that Subban will cause issues with this, but I do hope that he accepts the new system full heartedly and has matured as well. Less penalties would be a good thing too. Will be interesting to see how he integrates back into the team.

      Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and PJ Stock….The three stooges of HNIC.

  39. Danno says:

    “I’m always ready to play. Whenever I’m given the green light is when I’ll start. I’m exited to get back.” PK Subban

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  40. PrimeTime says:

    Well played Marc. Welcome back PK!! I hope you earn a big contract next round taking the torch from Markov. Great Habs news day. Loving the MB era. Forward and upward.

  41. Tharsis says:

    Good news! Welcome back PK!
    I was starting to get a little nervous…
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    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  42. PeterD says:

    Good deal all around.
    MB sticks to his principles on 2 year.
    And PK gets a good pay day in year two of the deal…in fact he gets to keep more of his pay with the back end loaded deal than if the money was spread out over the two years equally due to this year being pro-rated…
    And at the end of the deal he gets qualified at the 3.75 Mil level versus $2.85 Mil if spread evenly over the two years.
    Good agent that Meehan.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Ted Bird is losing his schlitz on Twitter over the crying baby, the dog barking and everything else going on on the conference call.

    It’s very entertaining.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. habsfan0 says:

    Welcome Back Pernell “Kotter” Subban!

  45. WindsorHab-10 says:

    To my dear friends at TSN, Bob McKenzie & Aaron Ward who predicted that Subban would be traded. Up Yours & have a nice day.

  46. Mon Can Fan says:

    This is great news! Welcome back P.K.!

  47. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay the teleconfence is now playing a newscast.

  48. twilighthours says:

    HIO hamsters are working overtime

  49. jon514 says:

    Hey guys. Just my opinion, but I think Subban left a Lot of money on the table by not sitting down with any other teams. Please remember this the next time you decide to lynch him. The kid is bleeding green for Bleu Blanc Rouge.

  50. shiram says:

    But they removed his nameplate!!! I thought that meant DOOOM!!!

  51. Danno says:

    “This was the right decision. This was the best deal not only for myself but also for the Montreal Canadiens” PK Subban

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  52. WindsorHab-10 says:

    WELCOME BACK PK.

    SO LONG KABERLE. Thank you Bergevin, you did what’s right. Subban belongs in a Habs jersey & no other.

  53. Sean Bonjovi says:

    We’d better lose tomorrow night, or we won’t have anything to talk about ; )

  54. Danno says:

    “PK is putting his team first and he wants to do well” – Marc Bergevin

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  55. bigjames says:

    is the 2 mil for this year prorated (for the shorter season) or 2 mil net to him?

  56. Adam says:

    Just like we forgave the lockout, we’ll forgive Subban. Not that I ever blamed him. He essentially lost months of negotiating. Without the lockout, I have no doubt he would have been signed by the first game.

    This makes our D deeper than it’s been in years. Not only do we have 8 NHL d-men (some of whom, like Kaberle or Webber, are expendable as trade bait, assuming any other team thinks they could use them), we have young guys in Hamilton who can step up in case of injury. No more signing the Chris Campolis of the world if somebody gets hurt.
    Very exciting time to be a Habs fan. The last few drafts are really going to start paying dividends just in terms of team depth over the next few years.

    • mrhabby says:

      Not sure the guys in Hamilton are ready. From what I heard and read they are not coming up.

      • Adam says:

        Ready for spot relief duty in case of injury? I don’t think there’s a question that one of them could step up. I hope it’s not necessary, but if somebody is hurt, it could even be good for the development of a guy like Tinordi or Bealieu to get a few NHL games in.
        They aren’t at the level of a Gallagher or Galchenyuk, who were ready for the show. But are they a better option than signing a guy like Campoli or Sopel? Absolutely.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      There is nothing for us to forgive PK for. His was a business decision he and his agent felt was the proper course. The rest of your post is dead on! Happy days are here for sure.

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  57. Mattyleg says:

    Word is he’ll be suiting up Wednesday.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  58. GGtheHab says:

    On an unrelated note..I am expecting to see Budaj in the pipes in Ottawa. Defense is looking pretty solid, and all 4 lines are playing hard. Quite a turn around, even Bourque is playing better this year. Very encouraging start to the season

  59. otter649 says:

    With the lockout finished & Subban signed I’m back to drinking Molsons……

  60. Stevie.Ray says:

    Subban being nothing but humble and professional on the radio… like ALWAYS. Saying all the right things.

  61. Habfan10912 says:

    Bulldog’s next game is Friday. Does PK play a game or two before joining the Habs?

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  62. Danno says:

    Live press conference on now

    http://www.tsn.ca/montreal/

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  63. Habfan10912 says:

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  64. BK says:

    SCREW ALL YOU HATERS.
    Time for changes

  65. ludwig44 says:

    I hope the chemistry sticks and the team continues to gel – with him back they could be a force. Glad MB stuck to his guns. Well done.

  66. Mattyleg says:

    Bergevin’s my new hero.
    Think the Goat would’ve had the cajones to pull this off?

    Me neither.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. Marc10 says:

    Good stuff. Welcome back PK!

  68. GGtheHab says:

    Could we in line for a trade now? Lots of d men. And when max gets back we get a little deeper. Too early right now but once MB has a better feel for what we need at least we have assets.

  69. Newf_Habster says:

    That is fabulous news!!!!

  70. Mattyleg says:

    PK Trending #1 on Twitter now!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. RabidHabit says:

    Welcome back subbie doo.

    “It’s a game of inches, dick”-Steve Shutt

  72. Kevy says:

    welcome back Subby–hopefully Bye Bye Kaberle

  73. RabidHabit says:

    Welcome back subbie doo.

    “It’s a game of inches, dick”-Steve Shutt

  74. Hobie Hansen says:

    Go Subban Go!

    Gauthier would have caved and gave him a six year $36 million dollar deal.

    Bergevin is the man!

  75. RabidHabit says:

    Why waste everyones time with this?

    “It’s a game of inches, dick”-Steve Shutt

  76. twilighthours says:

    Or this?

  77. otter649 says:

    Or That ?

  78. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hello?

  79. twilighthours says:

    No, this.

  80. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Re: Hobie’s avatar
    I just realised the Habs make Youppi wear pants where the Expos never did. It’s just like them to throw a wet blanket on anyone with a personality, and not allow him to express himself.

  81. Mr. Biter says:

    Now Kabs has taken over to being the Whipping Boy from DD and he did nothing. Just gonna wait in the press box to spell of some players in back to back games and when injuries occur.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  82. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah but cap hit is spread out evenly over 2 years.

  83. shiram says:

    Capgeek says just about 5.9 millions of available cap. But I have not kept up with the details of the new CBA.

  84. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah unless Kaberle gets traded this year, hard not to think he will be a buyout. We shall see though, MB seems to be a man with a plan, and so far I like his early draftwork.

  85. shiram says:

    Scroll way down, it’s just under the buyout category.
    Or just use ctrl f and look for : Projected Cap Space.
    They just updated with Subban’s cap hit, we have 3.3 millions left.

  86. Propwash says:

    It’s kinda depressing however, that most of us can do what he does, and yet we make a squillionth of salary that he makes…

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  87. Propwash says:

    I guess it’s the way the cookie crumbles. Gomez had his day, but it’s pretty much safe to say, he is washed up. It’s too bad the Habs took on a contract that was completely undeserving of the player.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  88. CynicalHabsfan says:

    Those sucky actors tend to get by on their looks… which is not how gomez made his millions

  89. HabFanSince72 says:

    “You don’t win in the NHL without Prust,Moen,White,Armstrong types.”

    I don’t agree. The cap and lack of players makes it impossible to build a team with only superstars. You have grinders not because grinders per se are useful but because you need filler.

    A team of 18 Sidney Crosbys plus a goalie would beat every team in the league.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


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