Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban waits for a call from his agent as his team’s training camp nears.
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As far as P.K. Subban knows, there is no contract yet awaiting his signature.
The Canadiens restricted free-agent defenceman spoke from his Toronto condo Friday afternoon, having just received an acupuncture treatment as he continues to get ready for the Habs training camp he hopes he’ll be a part of.
Rumours were blazing in Montreal on Friday, Rod Francis of TSN Radio 690 reporting that he had information from an inside source saying that the Canadiens on Saturday would announce a four-year, $22-million contract with the popular defenceman.
Dave Stubbs of The Gazette spoke with Subban twice as the player was getting an acupuncture treatment in his Toronto condo. While much of their conversation was off the record, for background, Subban did say that he’s been told by his agent, Don Meehan, that talks with the Canadiens continue.
Habs general manager Marc Bergevin and Meehan are in contact, and Subban was told by Meehan that “I’d be kept in the loop for the next 24-48 hours” about the talks and that when something concrete was in hand that needed Subban’s direct attention, he’d be so informed.
Subban told Stubbs there’s nothing strange about his not knowing every detail of every communication between his agent and the Canadiens, saying the content of earlier discussions have been shared with him when it was important to do so.
Unless Subban has a contract, he will not be in Brossard Saturday morning for the start of training camp; it begins with medicals and fitness tests early in the morning. There is optional ice available to players for two hours beginning at noon, with full sessions beginning Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Canadiens cannot, in fact, sign a player until the CBA is formally ratified by the NHLPA, the owners having already done so. But there’s nothing to prevent the Canadiens and Meehan from negotiating a contract for Subban and having it ready for the moment, expected Saturday, when the CBA is official.