Bergevin may have let emotions interfere with Subban talks

End-of-season for Canadian players in the locker room at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, May...

End-of-season for Canadian players in the locker room at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, May 31, 2014. BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

The Montreal Canadiens paid the price to keep P.K. Subban.

Only 24 hours after trying to cut Subban down to size in arbitration, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin backed up the Brinks’ truck on Saturday and made a huge delivery to the club’s best player.

Subban, 25, a Norris Trophy winner in 2013, signed a whopping eight-year, $72-million deal with the Habs that will pay him an average $9 million per season through the life of the contract.

The two sides had faced off Friday in Toronto during a four-hour arbitration hearing but were allowed to negotiate during the 48-hour period before the decision was supposed to be handed down on Sunday.

“I knew that even before the arbitration something was going to get done,” Subban said in a conference call. “I’m extremely happy my future is going to continue with the Montreal Canadiens. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.

“It hasn’t really settled in yet but I’m very happy ... Ultimately, I always thought it would get done.”


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