NHL notes: Subban, Canadiens about $3 million apart ahead of arbitration

PK Subban brings beer on stag at the

PK Subban brings beer on stag at the "Hilarity for Charity" gala hosted by Seth Rogen's at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal July 26, 2014. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 9:48 PM ET

As P.K. Subban's arbitration hearing with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday quickly approaches, financial numbers between the two sides are starting to surface.

The star defenceman is asking for $8.5 million per season while the Habs are countering with an offer of $5.25 million, according to sources.

If both sides settle on a one-year deal, Subban would be eligible for arbitration next year.

On Tuesday evening, TVA Sports -- which is owned by Quebecor, Sun Media's parent company -- indicated that negotiations were not going well.

Despite the wide gap between both camps, there is reason to believe that negotiations are continuing and that arbitration could be avoided as late as Friday morning.

KINGS SIGN KING

The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent left winger Dwight King, the team announced Wednesday.

The two sides agreed on a $5.85-million deal, forgoing the need for Friday's salary arbitration hearing, according to USA Today. The contract breaks down to annual salaries of $1.75 million, $2 million and $2.1 million and a cap hit of $1.95 million. He averaged $750,000 in his last contract.

The 25-year-old King is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Meadow Lake, Sask., who has appeared in 157 career NHL regular-season games -- all with the Kings -- over the past four seasons. He has totaled 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists), 41 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.

This past season, King earned his first career hat trick vs. Phoenix on Oct. 24, 2013 and set new career highs for most games played (77), most goals (15), most assists (15) and most points (30) in one season.

King appeared in all 26 Kings post-season games this past season, helping the Kings to their second Stanley Cup championship in three years by totaling 11 points (three goals, eight assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.

King was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.

BLUES INK MUELLER

The St. Louis Blues signed forward Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Mueller, 26, dressed in 49 games for Kloten in the Swiss professional league last season, leading the club and ranking third league-wide with 46 points, including a league-best 24 goals.

Following the season, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound Mueller was invited to play for the United States at the 2014 World Championships, where he recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in eight tournament games.

Mueller's history in the NHL has been hampered by head injuries. After suffering two concussions, Mueller missed the entire 2010-11 season. He also dealt with post-concussion symptoms that sidelined him for much of the 2011-12 season.

Originally drafted eighth overall by the Coyotes in 2006, Mueller appeared in the NHL from 2007 to 2013 before joining Kloten.

In 297 career NHL regular season games between Arizona, Colorado and Florida, Mueller has accumulated 160 points (63 goals, 97 assists), including a career-best 54-point (22 goals, 32 assists) effort during his rookie campaign in 2007-08.


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