Montreal Canadiens: PK Subban Contract Disputes Are a Big Deal

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2012

MONTREAL, CANADA - DECEMBER 8:  P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens passes the puck while being chased by Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 8, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Montreal Canadiens' star defenseman PK Subban is reportedly very far away from from a new contract with the only team he's known in his pro career.

After turning down a two-year deal worth $5.5 million, it seems that Subban wants more money and a longer term. With the kind of money offensive defensmen are getting these days, it's hard to side against him.

While Subban may not be the Habs' best defenseman, he is reliable and only missed six games in two full years of being with the organization. 

After Montreal suffered a very poor season, finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference, Subban's point total only decreased by two, although there was a noticeable dip in his goal total. After scoring 14 goals in 2010-11 season, the young defenseman only picked up half that total last season. 

With his entry-level contract expired, Subban is looking for a big raise after seeing the likes of Dennis Wideman, Mike Green and other defensemen sign big-money contracts. Subban's best claim to make his case? He's younger, better defensively than those two and he knows it. 

Although he has four years left before he can officially become an unrestricted free agent, the fear with Subban may be that a two year deal is indicative that the Habs may want to use the promising blueliner as a trade piece. 

Dealing a restricted free agent at the deadline with one year left on his current, cheap contract could bring in a huge haul for Montreal. 

Will he be dealt? Most assuredly not, but the rumor will be out there should he only be able to secure a short-term deal.

As a young 23-year-old player, Subban has to look at players within his own organization getting paid more than him and doing far, far less on the ice.

Tomas Kaberle, who is a shadow of his former self during his time with the Maple Leafs, will be making $4.25 million for the next season, while the oft-injured Andrei Markov will be making even more at $5.75 for two more years. Carey Price recently signed a very rich deal despite doing very little at the NHL level, and there's no need to even go into Scott Gomez's albatross contract.