Bergevin wins Subban showdown
Habs GM Marc Bergevin held the line on a 2-year deal. PK Subban wins raises from $875,000 last year to a pro-rated $2-million this season and $3.7-million.
Habs fans, everybody wins.
Subban says he's been dreaming of Canadiens fans. He and agent Don Meehan may also have been dreaming if they believed they could force Bergevin to budge from the so-called "bridge deal" formula that saw both Carey Price and Max Pacioretty sign short-term deals to prove themselves beyond their entry level contracts.
Subban hopes he'll be richly rewarded some day. In the meantime his teammates have nothing to be jealous about.
The 23-year old defenseman will only be the 11th-best paid Hab this season. Even after his bump up next fall Subban will still be making less than Andrei Markov, Tomas Kaberle and Josh Gorges.
If Subban's deal and resentment over his holdout cause grudges, that's on his teammates.
Subban is worth the money for sheer entertainment value. Rene Bourque and Brandon Prust are still getting bigger paycheques this lockout-shortened season.
Even though the cost of a Triple Low-5 victory celebration is sent soaring, note that Carey Price is making more per year than Subban gets in this 2-year deal.
Bergevin wins, Habs fans win, Subban sounds more humble than ever and as determined as ever to prove he's worth every penny in the future.
Mr. Molson, start saving, because re-signing PK from 2014-2020 will cost you anywhere from $40-50-million. Don't worry about the high cost of talent.
As the buyout of Scott Gomez proved and another buyout this summer will remind---it's the high cost of mediocrity that drives hockey fans, GMs and owners crazy.