Much of the hockey community around Montreal remains fixated on the ongoing talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban, but the star defenseman’s recent comments leave reason for optimism. Speaking on a Toronto morning TV show last week, Subban said that he hopes to spend the rest of his career playing for the Habs (via NHL.com):
“Obviously I remain adamant on remaining in Montreal and being a Montreal Canadien, and not just for a long time but hopefully for the rest of my career, and be a lifer there,” Subban told Breakfast Television in Toronto. “I really enjoy playing there.”
That’s gotta be music to the ears of Canadiens fans hearing that from Subban, who is considered one of the best young players in the NHL. Winner of the Norris Trophy award in 2012-13 as the league’s top defenseman, he’s a legitimate two-way weapon who has helped Montreal become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Last season, Subban couldn’t repeat his impressive offensive production from the lockout-shortened year, but still managed to be one of the better players at his position. He recorded 10 goals and 53 points while playing all 82 games, and finished No. 14 in Norris Trophy voting as Chicago’s Duncan Keith took the award.
With such an impressive resume at age 25, Subban looks set to receive a massive contract from the Canadiens this summer one way or another. Terms of the presumed deal remain unclear, but it’s likely he’ll receive one of the largest contracts ever given to a defensemen once the ink dries.
That’s likely okay by Montreal, given the increasing salary cap and Subban’s impressive production. There simply aren’t many players in the game like him, and the Canadiens will be thrilled if he’s around long-term.