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01-09-2013, 09:31 AM
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I just don't see a way that these 2 sides come to a long term agreement. Subban's ego is substantially larger than his talent level, and as a result I can't see him agreeing to a long term deal that doesn't pay him big money. Meanwhile, I just don't see it as a good idea for the Habs to sign him to that type of deal.

Perhaps, the best option would be for a 1 or 2 year bridge deal where the risk is substantially lower.

That being said, one would think that Subban's representatives realize that the Habs are going to be desperate to get a deal done quickly, and use the threat of a 7-day time period from ratification to puck drop into making a deal that they'll regret almost immediately. Perhaps, holding out and refusing to negotiate anything less than a 3 year deal, might be the right call for Subban. His reputation as a me-first player can't really get any worse, and eventually the Habs are going to realize that they need him in the lineup.

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