Updates on P.K. Subban, the Senators re-sign Robin Lehner, the Penguins re-up Nick Spaling, plus the latest on Steve Mason, Shawn Thornton and more.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reported last night the Montreal Canadiens may have a contract in place for superstar P.K. Subban. The two sides are slated for an arbitration hearing this morning in Toronto.
TSN.CA: Subban spoke with TSN radio yesterday, who said the tone and communication of the negotiations have been good, citing the mutual respect of both sides.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect there will be an announcement of a new long-term deal later this morning.
**UPDATE** So much for that expectation. The Canadiens and Subban have officially gone to arbitration, though they can still negotiate a deal before the arbiter hands down their decision in 48 hours.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s worth $2.275 million per season, though it is broken down to pay him $1.5 million this season, $2.025 million next season and $3.15 million in 2016-17. It is an affordable deal for a goalie who could become their starter if the Senators fail to re-sign Craig Anderson before next summer.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided salary arbitration with forward Nick Spaling, signing him to a two-year, $4.4 million contract. The Penguins still have RFA forward Brandon Sutter to re-sign and $4.2 million in cap space, though GM Jim Rutherford remains confident of re-signing Sutter soon.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers goaltender Steve Mason will miss two weeks of on-ice training to a broken right finger.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov profiles new Florida Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have announced their preseason schedule.