Without a contract, the Habs are completely handcuffed when trading him. They can get maybe HALF the return they possibly could if he was signed. If I was Lou Lamoriello, I would, however, trade John Merrill, Henrik Tallinder, a 1st, and a 2nd for him haha.
I know it's the most repeated line when talking about Couts on HF but: If Homer wasn't willing to give him up for a signed Weber, why would he give him up for an unsigned Subban? I know that was then and this is now, but honestly, it's 3 games into the season. Homer may panic somewhat and go hard for him, but I don't think he, nor the Flyers, are worried enough yet to trade Couturier for PK Subban
The one interesting thing about this scenario will be if PK is traded. Hab fans will suddenly change their opinion to "PK was overrated, he isn't that good, he was too much trouble", etc. That will be worth the price of admission, seeing PK's upside in the eyes of Habsfan go from Shea Weber to Jay Boewmeester in a millisecond.
Absolutely this will happen. At the moment, I'm unsure of his upside. He has all the atheleticism in the world but there are times where I question his hockey sense/instinct.
That said, I know he has a lot of potential and value if he were to be traded, contract or not.
It was the panel's opinion of the situation. While some thought that a trade was imminent on TSN, most well-informed journalists/commentators in Montreal are saying that a trade will not occur. Bergevin also told the media that he WILL NOT trade PK Subban.
I know it's entertaining to propose trades, but it's very unlikely that he's being dealt.
Question reamins, what other team will give Subban a contract he accept? If he is looking for a home run deal and the club who knows him the best wont give him one then what say other teams will? At least with Kessel it was more then just the money, it was about Phil not fitting in etc.