Updates on P.K. Subban’s contract negotiations, a call for the Jets to re-sign their best players long-term, and wondering why Sam Gagner’s contracts keep getting shorter.
QMI AGENCY (VIA CALGARY SUN): Agent Don Meehan, who represents unsigned Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, claims he’s had no talks with other NHL teams regarding his client, who wants to re-sign with the Canadiens. Meehan is scheduled to meet with Habs GM Marc Bergevin next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Subban’s interested in offer sheets from other clubs. As a restricted free agent, his rights still belong to the Habs, but if he were unhappy with contract talks, or just didn’t want to be in Montreal anymore, he could instruct his agent to speak with other clubs to let them know he’d entertain an offer sheet.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell suggests the Jets should try to lock up Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian to longer-term contracts now, as such contracts could be forbidden in the next CBA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The latest on Kane had he and the Jets working toward a six-year extension. Bogosian isn’t a free agency until next summer, though the Jets can move to re-sign him now if they wish. So far, it’s been quiet on the Bogosian front, which suggests GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t looking at re-signing him, or Kane, to deals of ten years or longer.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders why Oilers center Sam Gagner’s contracts keep getting shorter and shorter. He recently re-signed a one-year deal, coming off a tw0-year deal, and before that, his three-year entry level deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Oilers management are still trying to determine what they’ve got in Gagner. Is he a budding offensive star who, at only 22, has yet to reach his full potential? Or is he a third-line center who can be counted on for 45 points per season? This coming season could shed more light on the subject, which is why I think the Oilers only gave him a one year deal. I believe they do wish to retain him long term, but want to pay him his true worth, rather than risk overpaying for a potential he might not achieve.