January 26, 2013
NHL notes: Canadiens, P.K. Subban remain far apart in contract talksHabs reportedly offer Subban two-year deal worth just over $5 million
By QMI Agency
It seems Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin isn’t budging on P.K. Subban’s prolonged hold out.
Subban, a restricted free agent, commented earlier this week that he’s just looking for a new deal that will compensate him for what he’s worth.
Reportedly, the Habs have put a number to it.
“No progress in talks for P.K. Subban contract,” RDS hockey insider Renaud Lavoie tweeted Saturday.
According to RDS, the Habs have offered Subban a two-year deal worth $2.2 million this year and $2.9 million in 2014.
Subban earned a base salary of $875,000 last season, one which saw him play in all but one of Montreal’s games, recording seven goals and 29 assists along the way.
Subban is said to be after a long-term deal that will keep him at the club for at least five years.
"We're not trying to rob the bank here,” Subban told the Montreal Gazette. “We're not reinventing anything. We're not holding a gun to the Canadiens' head.”
Habs head coach Michel Therrien has shut down any discussion about the drama.
"I do not want to talk about this, I want to focus only on the players that are here now," replied the Canadiens head coach.
ARNOTT JOINS RANGERS: REPORT
Two-time NHL all-star Jason Arnott has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Rangers, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported Saturday that the contract will pay the journeyman centre just under $2 million.
The 38-year-old played in 72 games last season with the St. Louis Blues, registering 17 goals and 17 assists ahead of what will be his 20th year in the league.
Arnott, who won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000, has 417 goals and 521 assists in 1,244 regular-season games.
MARLEAU MAKES HISTORY
San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau became the first player in close to a century to open an NHL season with multiple goals in four consecutive games.
Marleau’s pair of power play goals in the opening period Saturday afternoon saw the three-time NHL all-star match Cy Denneny of the 1917-18 Ottawa Senators in San Jose’s 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Additionally, Saturday’s three-point performance against the visiting Avs saw Marleau jump ahead of teammate Joe Thornton for the league lead in points (11).
Marleau’s eight goals also leads the league with the Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa three behind.
His 15th season in California, Marleau scored 44 goals during the 2009-10 campaign, his best as a Shark.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Cam Atkinson missed Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. "This could be a week or two weeks,” Jackets head coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch. It was the second straight game the second-year winger has missed.