Saturday, January 26, 2013
Subban trade talk
By Victoria Matiash
Defenseman P.K. Subban could be a member of an NHL team other than the Montreal Canadiens in the not-too-distant future.
According to several sources -- including TSN's Darren Dreger and RDS' Renaud Lavoie -- contract negotiations with the restricted free agent are at a standstill. The Canadiens are reportedly sticking firm to their offer of a two-year, (just over) $5-million deal. And Subban's camp is said to be put off by that proposal.
So, what next? TSN's Bob McKenzie recently suggested that the two sides are simply too far a part and a trade could be the most logical outcome. And Sportsnet's Josh Rimer reports the Philadelphia Flyers have already enquired about the dynamic defenseman.
"Hearing Flyers have contacted Montreal about PK Subban. Question is would MTL be willing to move him and for what package coming back?"
Goodness knows the Flyers could benefit from having Subban in their lineup, particularly since Andrej Meszaros is nursing a fairly serious injury. But Rimer proposes the million-dollar question: would the Canadiens be willing to move Subban, and if so, for what return?
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun suggests that's not the intent -- at least not yet.
"Habs' only intention right now is to sign Subban, and not trade him. Things can change obviously, but I believe that's Mtl's position now ..."
An offer sheet isn't out of the question either.