PK Subban Going to the Olympics – Is he Worth $9M per to the Habs or is it Trade Time by Jamie Gilcig

P._K._SubbanCFN –  Habs GM Marc Bergevin had a chance to lock star D man PK Subban; but instead went the route of a bridge contract similar to the one given Rangers D man Michael Del Zotto.    Different players, same agent.   Del Zotto is now being shopped after flopping; Subban is off to the Olympics which seem to be grooming ground for upping salaries of star players.

Just looking at the roster one might ask if it truly was about the best players or balancing the wrath of star agents like Pat Brisson & Don Meehan and their clients?

Media rumbles are that PK will now be looking for 8-9$M per over a long term contract.

Another Mark Bergevin Boo Boo; penny wise pound foolish move; but hey, we will still have David Desharnais locked up.

Just about any NHL team will give PK that money.   I mean would you rather have PK at $8.5M or Dion Phaneuf at $7M?   Or if you’re like me neither at those price points, and this is where a strong GM would make his move.  PK’s trade value will never ever be higher.

Montreal needs some manly holes filled (pardon the pun) and moving PK to the right team can fill some of  them.  Montreal can probably lock Andrei Markov in for 2-3 more productive years giving the team time.  While you can’t “replace” a dynamic talent like Mr. Subban you can trade him to a team like Winnipeg which is dying to re calibrate.    Would Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien or Zach Bogosian balm the wounds of saying good bye to a fan favorite?

Would a chance to maybe get a Ryan Kessler and D man work for Habs fans?  Would Philly part with Claude Giroux?  I bet they would to get a franchise player that sells tickets like a PK Subban.   Nathan MacKinnon & Erik Johnson?

There are some interesting options, and really no desperately urgent rush.  Let PK have an awesome Olympics, and if there’s anything left in his and Markov’s tanks, maybe a play off run this year too.   But the bell is ringing and it’s showtime.

Marc Bergevin is going to have to do something soon to show he’s not Rejean Houle II especially after Alex Galchenyuk is gone for the next six weeks or so.    The Habs have enough bits, bobs, and spare parts to make a deal happen if the right team wants PK Subban bad enough, because if Montreal doesn’t sign him up don’t be surprised to see an offer sheet which will not help the Habs.

Just look at the crazy Shea Weber situation.   Like a wise man once said; “If we don’t make our futures; others will.”

What do you think Habs fans?  You can post your comments below.

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  1. Is any hockey player worth nine million a year? These clowns chase pieces of rubber around a rink! Not exactly contributing to the betterment of society.

  2. Canada’s obsession with hockey has cost this country dearly in reqards to our success in other sports, especially the amateur variety .
    Our nation’s myopic focus on a sport we hardly dominate anymore is a distraction that has blocked interest from other areas.
    Don’t bother wondering why we get our butts kicked at the summer Olympics 99% of the time. This country has a horrible record in supporting amateur athletes through funding and training.
    I can’t wait till Canada is an “also ran” in the hockey world (and it’s coming). Then maybe we’ll start to show the proper amount of attention to all the other sports where we could be excelling internationally.

  3. @ Micheal. Does it really matter who can slide down a hill the fastest, or jump the highest and such? These billion dollar circuses do nothing but distract the masses for a few weeks.

  4. @Furtz
    It has been substantiated that participation in sports and arts and culture are intergral to the health of a nation’s collective mindset.
    I also have grave reservations about the organizational aspects of the Olympic phenomemon. However until an alternative arises (and it may someday) it’s still considered the ultimate international amateur sports expression, inspite of it’s shady anf disturbing machinations.

  5. I’d like to add Furtz, that the athletic ability of any individual should never be the measure of their worth as a human being. It is but one component of a life lived.

  6. I agree that participation in sports and arts and culture is a good thing. However, the Olympic circus is only about spending obscene amounts of money and resources on training a few “elite’ athletes so they can win baubles that are supposed to make us feel proud. I’d be a lot more proud if all that money, time, and energy was directed at improving the quality of life of the millions of Canadians living in poverty.

  7. Hey, looks like I got me a personal fan issuing me the ol’ minus digit at every turn. Keep it up asshole – I love it!!!!!!!

  8. Don’t worry about it Michael. I get them a lot too.
    I just gave you a thumbs-up to make your day 🙂

  9. @Furtz
    You’re one of the people I truly respect in this forum. Thank you. Although I meant what I said – a little of the ol’ “neg dig” is totally cool. What’s the fun otherwise?

  10. Of course hockey players are not worth 9 million a year and they do not better society and to prove that point look at who is mayor of Cornwall and only has grade 10. I don’t look at sports at all and hate every big of it. It is no longer sports where you have the excitement of the game but today it is all money. I wouldn’t even waste 10 cents to watch a game.

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