A mass sigh of relief could be heard across the hockey world as Canadiens fans exhaled in joy at the announcement.
Shortly after 2pm EST, Montréal’s GM Marc Bergevin announced the news that Habs fans wanted to hear. PK Subban will remain in le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge for eight more years.
In what seemed a never ending fiasco of negotiations between the Canadiens organization and Subban (front lined by his agent Don Meehan), there seemed little hope of a contract extension after Thursday night.
Both sides went as far as they could possibly go, entering into a four hour arbitration hearing yesterday. In an interview following the hearing Subban appeared less than optimistic and seemed resigned to the fact that he was destined to a one year deal assigned by the arbitrator.
That all ended with this afternoons announcement which sees Subban as a Canadien through the 2021-2022 season, with an average annual value of $9M USD per season ($72M over the contract term).
The young defenseman helped secure a contract of this nature by proving himself over the past two season, and showing he is one of the elite defenders in the NHL.
Winner of the Norris Trophy two seasons ago was part of the proving ground for Subban, along with his solid fifty three points in the 2013-14 regular season campaign (10G, 43A, -4). However his post season team high of fourteen points (5G, 9A, +1) in seventeen games was a powerful exclamation point.
“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban. 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. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL. ~ M. Bergevin
Powerful words from the man who has helped solidify the franchise into a serious contending team over the past two years. Words that remove all doubt that he has nothing but faith in, and respect for his young defenseman.