Yeah, like Montreal media and fans have ever been reasonable regarding a player's cap hit and salary. PK gets signed to Doughty money, people will have a ****-fit within a year and want him traded for cap space.
Good deal for the habs though, as for relations between the team and Subban and long-term cap hit, we'll see.
No, Bergevin still did a terrible job on this. He's lucky that Subban's attachment to the Habs outweighs his pride. This could have very easily gone very wrong.
It still can. Short term gain for long term pain is bad economics. The fact that we will have a lot more cap space in two years only increases Subban's bargaining power then. Bergevin is thinking short term.
But at this point, I just am happy to have Subban back. We don't have to think about this for another two years, so let's enjoy it while we can.
Seriously, all posters that bashed Bergevin are now able to see one of the best young defenders play with a low cap hit for the next two years. These PK threads were numerous and filled with PK fanboys without having a clue how negotiations work.
We were 100% justified in our hatred. Bergevin low balled him like crazy and made him hold out for no reason. He makes less than MDZ that's laughable.
It was a big gamble from our seats. But most of us have never met PK, never really knew how far he'd take it, how much he really loved it as a Hab. Obviously Bergevin has more insight into that, more to go on in choosing the successful bluff. He was a hardass, but it worked out for us. As long as there are no hard feelings. And everything goes ok on the next contract.