NHL notes: Habs owner had last word on Subban

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second...

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of their NHL hockey game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson made the final decision to grant defenceman P.K. Subban an eight-year, $72-million contract after both sides left an arbitration hearing, according to a report.

Habs general manager Marc Bergevin wanted the star defender to sign a one-year agreement, but the Montreal Gazette reports Molson overruled his decision and chose instead to provide a long-term contract to Subban.

On Aug. 2, both sides eventually agreed on the deal that will pay Subban an average of $9 million per season.

In 82 games last season, the 25-year-old blueliner scored 10 goals and amassed 53 points. He added 14 points in 17 playoff games.

ISLES OWNER SUED

Charles Wang is reportedly facing a legal battle over a scuttled deal to sell the New York Islanders.

According to the New York Daily News, the Isles owner was served with a $10-million lawsuit on Monday from Philadelphia-based hedge-fund manager Andrew Barroway and his company, NY ICE.

The lawsuit claims Wang wanted $128 million more than the $420 million initial handshake agreement after the Isles owner learned that the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers received a bid of $2 billion from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in May to purchase the team from embattled owner Donald Sterling.

"Wang, whose greed was further stoked by the Ballmer bid ... set on a course of bad faith conduct to improperly renege on the agreement and eventually blind-side NY ICE with a substantially-increased price demand," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also states the potential deal, first negotiated in March, was off the table on Aug. 1 after several in-person meetings in June and July failed to close the sale.

KINGS TO RETIRE BLAKE'S NO.

Former Los Angeles Kings star Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the team during a pre-game ceremony at Staples Center on Jan. 17.

The ceremony will take place before the Kings' game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Blake, now an executive with the Kings, was the team's captain and a defenceman during his 14 seasons in Los Angeles.

"It is an honour to be included with the former great LA King players who have their Jersey's retired," Blake said in a statement released by the Kings. "I have always felt LA was a special place to play and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an LA Kings jersey."

PEARN TO CANUCKS

Perry Pearn has landed a new job with the Vancouver Canucks, the organization announced Monday.

Pearn, a former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach, will have the same role in Vancouver.

"We are very excited to name Perry to our staff today," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "Perry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at the NHL level to our organization."

Pearn, 63, spent 19 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.

SEEKING NEXT SELANNE

Teemu Selanne is looking for the next Teemu Selanne.

The Finnish Flash is creating a hockey academy in his native Finland that will focus on goal scoring, he said at a press conference Monday in Kirkkonummi.

"We have goalie schools all over the world, especially in Finland, but not goal scoring schools," Selanne said, according to a translation by Canadian-based Finnish reporter Juha Hiitela of Ilta-Sanomat. "That's what I want to do."

He is also in conversation with the Jokerit, where he started his hockey career, about possibly playing in the KHL next season.

Selanne, 44, retired from the NHL after 21 seasons and 1,457 points in 1,451 career games with the Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and the original Winnipeg Jets. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.


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