P.K. Subban signs 8-year/$72-million US deal with the Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens ended their stalemate with P.K. Subban by agreeing to terms with their franchise defenceman on an eight-year contract on Saturday.

Subban and the team endured an arbitration hearing Friday that would have led to a one-year deal.

Instead, the 25-year-old is in the fold in Montreal for the long term and will reportedly make US$72 million over the course of the contract.

Subban said after arbitration that the possibility of negotiating a long-term deal was ``kind of a discussion for a later date,'' which turned out to be Saturday.

The deal takes Subban, who already has a Norris Trophy and Olympic gold medal, through the age of 33.

"Thank you to (at)CanadiensMTL for making a commitment to myself and my family,'' Subban wrote on Twitter. ``Im Excited about the future! letsgetit''

Subban had 10 goals and 43 assists last season and 42 goals and 125 assists in his NHL career.

"We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban,'' general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

"This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice.

"Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defencemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL.''

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  1. Joseph posted on 08/02/2014 04:08 PM
    Sports is all about money and the dumb fans that support it.
    1. Geo posted on 08/04/2014 07:15 PM
      @Joseph You are 100 % right. In fact, hockey is entertainment and the more people who watch it, the more money is made. Just like Hollywood.
  2. Geo posted on 08/02/2014 09:08 PM
    Wow .... I'm relieved that PK has finally been recognized as outstanding.

    I listened to his press conference and PK is articulate, very press-friendly and loyal to the team and its fans.

    Is he worth 9 million per season ?

    Yes, without a doubt.

    Thanks MB !
    1. Joe posted on 08/02/2014 11:07 PM
      @Geo Geez Geo wouldn't be on your best behavior after scoring 10 goals last season and be a -4 on the ice, and have a team dumb enough to give you 9 million dollars a year. Is he worth that, market value dictates yes, ice value is the stats I mentioned above, you figure it out.
    2. habs fan posted on 08/03/2014 08:33 AM
      @Geo subban isn't all that, what they offered is ridiculous, he doesn't compare to other
      great players like Calligher and Sydney and so on SUBBAN SUCKS
  3. Richard posted on 08/03/2014 08:12 AM
    Massive support for a guy who gets a 3-4 million dollar a year raise but when bus drivers go on strike for 2%...they are all unions bums....Go figure
    1. Mike d posted on 08/03/2014 04:48 PM
      @Richard Just curious what union you are with? I can tell by your posts you are a union man.
    2. Joe posted on 08/05/2014 09:30 AM
      @Richard First of all this is private money and not taxpayers dollars and by keeping these teams alive by getting the best players one of which Subban is not, the team stays alive and pays tax dollars into the coffers which in turn pays the salaries of these so call union bums....Go figure
  4. Karen posted on 08/03/2014 02:20 PM
    The men and women in police, fire and military put their lives on the line and they will never touch this type of compensation in their lifetime.
    Yes, PK is talented, but is playing hockey worth 9 mil per year? Nope...never i don't care how many goals you score.
    1. Geo posted on 08/04/2014 07:18 PM
      @Karen I totally agree. If I was king of the world, police, fire and military would be compensated like hockey players, and I mean that sincerely.

      However, I am not king of the world. Sorry
    2. Joe posted on 08/10/2014 01:28 PM
      @Karen Totally agree but again I repeat this is private money and has nothing to do with public servants. The fans who go to see the games, the TV deals, advertising and so on pay these inflated salaries, but the taxpayers pay in what is in some cases not all public servants inflated salaries and sweet deals on pensions so we have a reason to complain about this but this is a whole different can of worms. Do not want to see these salaries do not go to the games.
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