Okay it is most definitely time to panic about P.K.

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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By all accounts, negotiations are at a stand-still – with gusts up to completely dead – between Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and the P.K. Subban camp. So it is now guaranteed that Subban will NOT be in the line-up when the Habs open this shortened season against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Just how bad is this? Well I have two words for you – Tomas Kaberle. That’s right, the Kabster is now a card-carrying member of the Habs’s Top Four D-men and that my friends is a truly frightening thought. It just drives home the point that the Canadiens simply can’t afford to lose Subban for any period of time, never mind forever. They simply don’t have the depth on the blueline to even contemplate that.

“It seems like he’s really asking for a lot of money,” said Stéphane Laporte, La Presse columnist and the fellow in charge of the Quebec adaptation of The Voice, La Voix, which debuts Sunday on TVA. “What I heard in the rumour mill is that it’s not his agent Don Meehan who’s asking for all this. It’s really Subban himself. He’s more greedy than his agent.”

I was interviewing Laporte about La Voix – here’s my story in the Gaz – but knowing he’s a huge hockey fan, I had to ask him what he thought of not having Subban in the line-up.

“Yeah it’s especially bad in a short season like this,” said Laporte. “With Markov, those are the two key defencemen. When you look at Kaberle on your second defence pairing, it’s pretty scary. So we need Subban as soon as possible.”

So what’s going on? Is Subban greedy? Or are the Habs following their usual conservative route and simply refusing to deviate from their game plan, which is to give bridge contracts before doling out the big bucks.

Whatever the case, this is close to a worst-case scenario for the Habs. When you have thousands of fans chanting ‘We want P.K.’ Thursday night, you realize this is a freakin’ P.R. disaster. Subban is the total package. Amazing player. Amazing personality. He’s our new poster boy. Which is why I think – within reason – sign him now. Unless of course he’s just asking for nutsoid money. But if the sticking point is length of contract, sign him long-term. Not clear yet? We need P.K. in the line-up. Now.

– Brendan


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