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.
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.