The eight-year $ 72 million contract Marc Bergevin awarded to PK Subban in the summer of 2014 is finally coming to an end. The defender had had some very good years at the start of the contract, when he was a finalist of the Norris Trophy twice (2015 and 2018) and helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2017.
But we must admit that today he is simply not the same hockey player anymore.
His last year in Nashville was a tough one, and since his arrival with the Devils the quality of his game has deteriorated considerably. He has only 59 points in 189 games with New Jersey and in three seasons has a differential of -45.
Obviously, playing with such a bad team doesn’t help his cause, but Subban hasn’t done much to help the Devils.
At least he continues to stand out for his superb work in the community.
The defender’s leadership qualities and community involvement earned him the honor → https://t.co/nGWJWzw4v0
– Behind the scenes (@DLCoulisses) June 8, 2022
Subban will therefore be a free agent without compensation and it seems that his adventure in New Jersey is over.
This week on TVA Sports, Dave Morissette asked his speakers if they would bring the defender back to Montreal. Each of them offered very interesting answers.
Maxim Lapierre: If it’s not expensive, why not? For a gift to the fans, maybe since we will need it next year unless we make big acquisitions. If he asks for a big salary, the answer is no. The plan is to rebuild.
Alexandre Picard: You have to surround the young people well. We’ve seen Wideman sign again for at least two years, he’s a right defender, so he’s taking his place. At the same time, you want your kids to play too. I’m not sure if it fits the organization’s plans.
There’s no denying that Subban’s return would be greatly appreciated by fans and the community. He marked a generation of Habs fans and to this day remains the favorite player to have worn the Canadiens uniform by many. The exchange of him gave a thrill to many who, even today, resent Marc Bergevin.
Restoring the organization’s image in the eyes of many would certainly be a success. On the ice, however, it is another thing. Subban is no longer the player he was and with David Savard, Chris Wideman, Jeff Petry there is a lot of congestion on the right side of the blue line.
Even if Petry were swapped, he would most likely be replaced by another right-handed (Letang?). So there wouldn’t be much room for number 76 in Montreal.
Jacques Martin, who coached PK on his Montreal debut in 2012, offered an answer that certainly puts things in perspective:
He is a good hockey player, but I think his priorities may have changed. Development and improvement may have taken second place with his activities. He may still play in the NHL, but is he the player who will help the youngsters? I think he has done a good job with the New Jersey youth, but it remains to be seen if this is the direction he wants the Canadiens organization to go.
This is certainly not the first time that comments similar to Subban’s have been made. He is one of the few (possibly the only) NHL players who puts his image of him so much forward. He can be seen on television, but also in all kinds of events or galas. In leagues like the NFL, NBA or European football, similar behavior is common and even encouraged.
But in hockey it’s something else and it seems to have always worked against Subban. Did this affect your education and his career? Possibly.
Personally, if I had to choose between Wideman and Subban, I would have chosen the former Norris Trophy winner. His attachment to him in Montreal and his fans is undeniable and he played the role of big brother in New Jersey well.
Then, given his performances in recent years and the amount of money he has made in his career, I would be surprised if Subban was too greedy in his negotiations this summer.
Except that bringing PK back to Montreal means opening a Pandora’s box and starting a heated debate again …
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