This offseason will see a lot of big names in hockey hit free agency and that has lots of teams scrambling to figure out what to do with the class. But while guys like Matt Moulson and Thomas Vanek are hitting free agency in an unrestricted way, others are going to be a little easier for their team to potentially keep.
P.K. Subban is one of those guys and the Montreal Canadiens will be trying to keep their restricted free agent in Quebec for the foreseeable future, especially since he’s a massive cog in their championship plans.
Subban recently spoke abut his impending restricted free agency to The Canadian Press and noted that while everyone in hockey wants a long term deal, it’s more important to be with a winner than it is to find job security.
“I’m sure everybody in hockey wants a long-term contract, but for me, it’s not just about that. It’s about being part of a team that can win a championship, and I believe we have that in this dressing room. … When it comes to contract stuff, that’s why I hire my agent (Don Meehan). That’s why we pay him. That’s his job and I’ll let him do his job. I’ve done mine, and he’ll do his.”
The Habs and Subban have had some contractual struggles in the past, but both have matured since then and the culture in Montreal is one of winning once again. The Habs failed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year but there is no doubt a championship team somewhere buried on this current roster and Subban is a big part of that.
More pieces are needed but osing Subban would set Montreal back and they can’t afford that now that they’re on the cusp of something really special. They may not be able to bring back Thomas Vanek, but Subban is needed in Montreal and to see him play somewhere else in 2014-15 then it will be a major mistake on the part of the Canadiens.
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