Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban has ended his own lockout by finally signing a contract. The RFA Subban signed a 2 year, $5.75M contract yesterday with a $2.875M AAV.
Subban has been holding out for a longer deal for more money but broke down after realizing his value would only go down as the season went on.
Subban spoke on the contract. He said, “I’d probably say the toughest was watching the home opener, watching all the great players that have come through the Montreal organization that helped build this franchise. They’ve put in place that mentality of the Montreal Canadiens as a family and a team. I think that’s the most important thing about the Montreal Canadiens. I grew up a fan, my father’s a huge Montreal fan, and growing up watching the Montreal Canadiens everybody knows it’s not just about one player, it’s about a team and building a team and building a championship team. I want to be a part of that.”
The Canadiens have had a strong start to the season with a 3-1 record even though they currently sit third in a very strong Northeast Division. The addition of Subban to the lineup will booster their defense that has given up an NHL low of seven goals through four games this season.
Could this be the new standard contract for RFAs? The Ranger’s Del Zotto signed a very similar two year contract just a few weeks ago. Compare this to LA’s Drew Doughty who last year signed an 8 year, $56M contract ($7M AAV) after becoming a RFA. A two year deal with lower salary is very safe for the team and will give the player time to grow and prove they are worth moving to the next level and getting paid the enormous salaries. It is safe to say we’ll see more similar contracts to these over the next few years being given out to RFA’s.
PK Subban will be given all the time and opportunity in the next few years to prove he’s worth getting a 5+ year, $4-5M+ contract with his Canadiens.
More to Come..
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