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Subban to be Habs' highest paid?

Negotiations between the Montreal Canadiens and star defenseman P.K. Subban on the Norris Trophy winner's next contract have not yet begun, but expect Subban to be the highest paid player in Habs history when the deal is inevitably completed.

That's the word from the folks over at the Fouth Period, anyway. The magazine took a close look into Subban's situation on its website:

Subban's camp and the Habs are watching how things unfold in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins are trying to sign Kris Letang to a long-term extension...Letang's numbers should give both the Canadiens and Subban's representatives a clear indication that Subban's next contract will be worth in the neighborhood of $7 million to $8 million per season.

The report went on to say that Subban's reps and the club will likely begin talks at this weekend's NHL Draft, but cautions that the discussions are "not expected to get serious until closer to the start of the new season." Goaltender Carey Price is currently the Canadiens top earner at $6.5 million per.