Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin talks about contract negotiations with P.K. Subban, the Oilers intend to re-sign Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, Jets player rep Ron Hainsey confident a new CBA can be reached before start of the season, Steve Begin signs tryout contract with Flames and Canucks blueliner Chris Tanev working to improve his game.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin declined to go into detail over his contract negotiations with P.K. Subban, other to say the process is ongoing and remains cordial. That’s led to speculation Habs management still has some doubts over Subban, despite his on-ice performance and strong desire to play for Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps, but it could also mean the Subban camp is seeking more than the Habs are currently comfortable paying, just like Drew Doughty with the LA Kings last year at this time. I’m not suggesting Subban’s is seeking Doughty money, but I think salary is the sticking point here. It’ll get resolved before the season begins, whenever that may be. Again, the Canadiens won’t trade Subban. Whatever “doubts” there may be, he’s too talented to trade away.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers intend to extend the contracts of forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, who are in the final season of their entry-level contracts and slated to become restricted free agents next summer. Matheson suggests the contracts of NY Islanders forward John Tavares and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner could be used as comparables.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tavares’ contract is six years, $33 million, for an average cap hit of $5.5 million, while Skinner’s is six years, $34.350 million, for an average cap hit of $5.75 million. The Oilers will obviously get Hall and Eberle re-signed, but it won’t be cheap.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets NHLPA player rep Ron Hainsey remains optimistic an agreement on a new CBA can be reached before the start of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The PA’s counter-proposal could certainly prove a step in the right direction.
CALGARY HERALD: NHL veteran forward Steve Begin is returning to the team which drafted him, agreeing to a professional tryout contract with the Flames.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev is working hard to improve his game.