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01-19-2013, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by IWalkThroughWalls View Post
Bergevin said he wants to see PK by himself before signing him long term. He probably heard "things", maybe some players even talked to him. But at the same time, he knows he's got a gem of a player in PK and you don't throw away this king of player.

So logically, he wants to sign him to a short deal, to see what a coach like Therrien can do with him. If it doesn't get better, he'll be easier to trade with a short deal than a 6 years contract.

From a management point of view, a bridge contract is the only logical option.
A player with that potential won't be tough to deal even at 5 M$ 'cause in the end, the team that would get him even in a bridge contract knows that they'll be satisfied by his play and would want to give that next contract that would probably be eventually pricier than the one he could sign now. If Subban would settle for 5.5 M$ for 6-8 years, in 2 years when he'll show that he's a very good 2-way and potential Norris candidate, that he will then be worth 6,5 M$ at worst. A team with a vision will have no problem acquiring a 5,5 M$ Subban.

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