NHL Canadian Corner – July 31, 2014

P.K. Subban and the Canadiens submit their arbitration bids, updates on Kyle Turris and Jake Gardiner, plus the Jets aren’t much different than they were a year ago. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens and defenseman P.K. Subban yesterday submitted their arbitration bids, with the Habs seeking a low-ball $5.25 million on a one-year deal while Subban seeks an optimist $8.5 million on a similar term.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I read some pundits and bloggers hyperventilating over how the Canadiens “offer” was “an insult”. First of all it’s not an “offer”, but merely the Canadiens setting their parameter for the arbiter, just as the Subban camp is doing by seeking $8.5 million. The Habs seek the lowest possible number, Subban the highest. Also, just because they submitted their contract bids doesn’t mean this is going to arbitration. It’s merely part of the process and negotiations are continuing.  If this actually goes to an arbiter (which I still doubt, but I’ll acknowledge it is possible), it sets the limits of the type of award Subban could receive.  

For all the talk of how “far apart” the two sides are, we’ve seen that headline several times this summer regarding players supposedly heading to arbitration (notable Ryan O’Reilly, Jake Gardiner, Derick Brassard and Subban’s teammate Lars Eller) only to see the two sides strike a deal before the hearing. I suspect we’ll see the same thing take place with Subban. I expect he’ll get a long-term deal worth between $7.5 – $8.5 million annually. 

Kyle Turris ready for larger role with the Senators.

Kyle Turris ready for larger role with the Senators.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: With Jason Spezza’s departure via trade, Senators center Kyle Turris is ready to assume added responsibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turris’ critics (and those of the Senators) scoff at the notion he can handle first-line center duties. Those folks obviously missed his career-best (to date) 58-point performance last season. Turris, who turns 25 in August, was among the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the Senators. He seems poised for better things this season.

TORONTO STAR: Newly re-signed Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner expressed his happiness over his new contract with the club. He’ll be returning to Toronto at the end of August.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless observes this season’s version of the Jets isn’t much different than last season’s version.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And if it doesn’t do much better than last season’s version, it could look considerably different by this time next year. 


  1. How many more years will Winnipeg stay in the NHL this time around. The owner doesn’t want to spend ( can’t say I blame him ) and the players don’t want to live there ( I can’t say I blame them ) so I have to think Scene 2 will playout within what the next 5 years. All the need to complete the deal is a fall off in attendance I don’t think that’s too far away

    • It’s always nice to see comments come in from fantasy land…..

      The Jets spent close to the cap last season and are sitting in 20th spot right now.
      The rink is sold out every game and the Jets have thousands on the waiting list for season tickets.

  2. Wait a sec. How is Turris a first line center producing only and career best, a whopping 58 pts? He’s entering his prime years now and I’ll be surprise if he ever gets to 70 – he might but I’ll be surprised. Say what you want about him but had he be on another team…say the leafs, well we’ll be taking about how he’s another 3rd liner at best spare part best to be traded. Funny how numbers are different for different teams, eh?

    • You should probably watch him play a few times before suggesting he’s likely only a third liner.

      • I think he is validly pointing out how perception changes depending on if its a Leaf or not. Happens a whole lot actually. 1 good season (last year) 58 points previous best was 29, for sure if he was a Leaf many would be saying exactly what Ron has pointed out.