P.K. Subban could return to the Habs lineup this weekend. (QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - There has not been a signing around the NHL -- certainly not for the Montreal Canadiens in recent times -- that has more layers and nods and winks than the two-year deal signed by defenceman P.K. Subban.
The 23-year-old signed a two-year, $5.75 million deal Monday after missing a truncated training camp and the Habs' first four games during a negotiation that at times some predicted would end with the Canadiens dealing away the polarizing talent.
The news of his signing was greeted with interesting reactions in the Canadiens dressing room Tuesday.
“I’m only going to talk about tonight’s game and tomorrow night’s game,” said Habs top defenceman Andrei Markov. “He’s not in the room yet. We’ll talk about it when he’s in the room.”
Others addressed the blueliner's impending return.
“It’s good news and good that it’s over,” said veteran winger Erik Cole Tuesday morning as the Canadiens prepared for their game Tuesday night with the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell