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08-01-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by JGRB View Post
Subban doesn't have options?

By all means, let this drag out and see if he gets tendered an offer by the beginning of the season. He will.

I applaud Bergevin's poker face, but at the same time he needs to be cautious here because we have nothing to replace Subban with in the immediate future. The likely event of an offer sheet would not provide the Habs with the compensation that Subban is worth to this hockey club at present time. We either match and likely "overpay" for his services in the short-term, or we decline and get an insult of a return for him. Unless of course we are talking about a "Weber four 1sts" type return, but I'd venture to say the most Subban would get sheeted for would be in the 4-5.5M cap hit area with a return of a 1st and 2nd (up to 4.7M) or a 1st, 2nd, 3rd for anything up to 6.2M.

Defenseman who can log 25 minutes a game, plus player on 28th ranked team, elite penalty killer and put up 40ish points. Not worth that return, not unless once of those picks turns out to be a Superstar.
Sorry what options are there again for Subban?

Oh yeah, negotiate with Montreal and play for Montreal or negotiate with one of 29 other teams and play for Montreal.

Might make for slightly longer negotiations but all parties know the options. A deal will be done and fwiw its irrelevant if this rumour is true or false .

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