The Montreal Canadiens retained the services of defenseman PK Subban for the next eight years, thanks to a contract signed worth $72 million mere hours before an arbitrator could have bound the two parties to a one-year deal and 12 months of consternation and worry. Now it appears the deal wasn’t as simple as a contract swap between GM Marc Bergevin and Subban’s camp. Recent reports indicate that ownership stepped in to put ink to paper on the long-term deal.
Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette writes that owner Geoff Molson ultimately stepped in and made sure a deal was ratified.
A highly place source has confirmed our theory that it was indeed Molson who overruled GM Marc Bergevin, when it appeared that the club might be saddled with a single-year arbitration contract and a disgruntled star. It was Molson’s call to sign P.K. long-term and it was exactly right.
That said, let’s not throw Bergevin under the bus just because he gave Subban’s camp the hard line. As Todd notes, “Bergevin’s task is to make an evaluation based on his salary cap and his evaluation of a player’s performance. Molson has to take the wider view and consider factors like fan-base reaction that really aren’t Bergevin’s problem.”
Whatever role was played by whom, the Canadiens have what they want. PK Subban will be a Hab for the next eight years, which should span through his physical prime and beyond. Now the team can turn to building on their Eastern Conference Finals appears from this past season.