Before we get started, we know what you're thinking: "How could I ever not hate P.K Subban? I couldn't stand him when he played against the Pens." Two words: Darius Kasparaitis.
This could be the biggest story in the NHL off the ice right now: P.K. Subban and his contract negotiation with the Habs.
Great read here from Adam Getz:
There aren't many defensemen in the NHL as skilled as Subban or as productive at this age. Why the Canadiens are so determined to low-ball their top defenseman (well, I suppose that could be up for some level of debate as long as Andrei Markov stays healthy) and keep him on the sidelines is a mystery.
Mirtle also chimes in with this:
You have to wonder when an offer sheet or trade could be coming. Subban has been quoted saying he just wants a deal for what he is worth. In our opinion, it is logical that he'd get a contract similar to Letang's second deal in the NHL.
Quick comparsion between Subban and Letang:
Letang all day, but it is closer than we thought. Subban hits more. Probably a slight edge in style there.
"I think it's ultimately heading toward a trade," said McKenzie. "They're just too far apart on the term of the contract - P.K. wants long, the Canadiens want two years - and they're probably at least $2.5 to $3 million per year apart on where they want to be. Ultimately I think this ends up in a trade."
Could the Pens make a play?