P.K. Subban declined to talk about his contract negotiations with the Canadiens during an appearance Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open.
The Canadiens defenceman is coming off a two-year $5.75 million contract and filed for salary arbitration earlier this month. The hearing is scheduled for next Friday.
“Today is not about hockey,” said Subban, who is sponsored by RBC as are several golfers in the field at the Canadian Open. He posed for pictures with fans Saturday afternoon and made an appearance at a chipping clinic. He also received a lesson from CBS Sports golf reporter Peter Kostis in the morning.
“I’ll answer one question about the negotiation,” Subban told a media scrum at Royal Montreal Golf Club.“It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal is done.”
“As of right now today I’m sitting here and trying to just enjoy the day. Just not thinking about anything,” he said.
Forward Lars Eller had also filed for salary arbitration, but reached a deal on a four-year $14 million contract with the Canadiens on Thursday—a day before his scheduled hearing.
“I’m happy for him. He deserves it,” Subban said.
“He’s played some good hockey. He’s a big part of our team.”
Asked how his summer training was going, Subban said: “Awesome.”
“This is probably the shortest summer I’ve ever had you know in terms of how deep we went into the playoffs. It’s been a short summer, but by the same token that’s a good thing because you know that the season is close to starting. I think it’s 74 days until puck drop until the regular season. Just trying to enjoy a little bit of my summer, but the hard training has already started and it will probably continue for the next little while.”