That big, fat contract P.K. Subban is in search of? He might have to wait a little bit longer.
Much like two off-seasons ago, it appears negotiations between the Montreal Canadiens and their star defenceman have hit a speed bump. Subban heads a list of 20 NHLers who filed for arbitration.
The 25-year-old skipped training camp and the first four games of the lockout-shortened 2013 season due to a contract dispute. He ended up signing a two-year deal and scored 38 points in 42 games en route to winning the Norris Trophy.
It may not come to that this time around. Filing for arbitration ensures Subban will be present at training camp and prevents other teams from submitting offer sheets.
Arbitration hearings will also be conducted July 20-Aug. 4, giving both sides time to hammer out a deal. If the process plays out, they may be forced to sign a one or two-year deal. Subban has two years left of restricted free agent status.
The largest ever contract awarded via arbitration was $7.5 million deal in 2011 to Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber. Subban
Other significant players to file were Cody Franson and James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Lars Eller of Montreal; and Derrick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers.