Subban, Canadiens agree on eight-year contract

  • Arun Morace
PK Subban will be a Canadien for the next eight seasons. Photo: Charles Krupa, AP

PK Subban will be a Canadien for the next eight seasons. Photo: Charles Krupa, AP

Rejoice, fans of Les Habitents. Your Norris Trophy-winning defenseman isn’t going anywhere. After going to arbitration as rumors swirled of him possibly leaving Montreal, PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens agreed on a contract that will keep Subban in rouge, blue et blanc for the next eight years. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is with $72M total ($9M/year).

Subban, the Canadiens second-round draft choice in 2007 (No. 43 overall) has become one of the cornerstones of the Montreal blueline in recent years. He was fifth among all NHL defensemen in scoring this past season with 55 points (10 goals, 43 assists), and was the Canadiens leading scorer in the playoffs with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) as the Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before being ousted by the New York Rangers in six games.

The previous year, the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Subban tied with Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most points among NHL defensemen with 38, and Subban was awarded the Norris Trophy as the league’s top rearguard. It was the first time any Montreal player had won the award since Hall of Famer Chris Chelios took it home in 1989.

Despite all this, there was trouble in paradise. This was the second time in three years that Subban had been left without a contract by the Canadiens. Prior to his Norris Trophy-winning season, Subban and Montreal had gone to arbitration, and they settled on a two-year deal. That deal expired after this past season, and they had to do the whole dance all over again.

Since Subban had been arguably the franchise’s top defensemen in recent years (Norris Trophy, points leader, 2014 Olympian), but had not been rewarded with a long-term deal, there was some speculation that Subban would push for a trade, or at least entertain offers as a restricted free agent (which Montreal could match).But now, a solution for the foreseeable future has been reached, and the Canadiens have their star defenseman locked up for the next eight years.

For his career, Subban has 42 goals and 125 assists  for 167 total points, along with 383 penalty minutes and a +10 rating through 284 NHL games since 2009.

 

 

 

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