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08-20-2013, 09:00 PM
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The safer path seems to be that selected by the Montreal Canadiens and defenceman P.K. Subban, although it took a brief holdout to get the deal done. After missing four games, Subban got $5.75 million over two years, good money, but not the huge dollars he’ll get after winning the Norris Trophy last season.

The Habs will be happy to pay up, knowing they have a true star on their hands.

They call that a “bridge” contract that gets a player from entry level into his arbitration years, precisely the kind of the deal the Leafs want with Kadri, who would prefer something much longer in term with a salary that would put him at the high end of the Leaf payroll.

Fair enough. He can want what he wants, and the Leafs, knowing the player really has no alternative other than the KHL these days, can be as hardline as they want.

Group II's have a December 1 signing deadline. The player needs to get his ass in camp to get the big contract.

Subban got the same 2 year bridge deal as Couture. Different structure. Subban got $2M in the short season. $3.75M in 13-14. Couture got $2.75M and $3M. Couture didn't see much of the $2.75M.

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