Updates on P.K. Subban, Michael Frolik, Nail Yakupov, Stephane Robidas and Darren Archibald.
TVASPORTS: Renaud Lavoie claims contract negotiations between P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens aren’t going well, suggesting it’s possible this could end up settled via arbitration on Friday. If so, Lavoie believes it will be Subban’s last contract with the Canadiens, and feels the two sides must avoid arbitration. Lavoie also notes the Canadiens were believed far apart in negotiations with Lars Eller but avoided arbitration with the center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be stunned if the Canadiens allow this to go to arbitration. I believe the two sides are using the available time (the arbitration hearing is slated for Friday, August 1) to negotiate and will reach an agreement before the hearing.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets avoided arbitration with Michael Frolik by re-signing him to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. Both sides are still interested in signing a long-term deal but ran out of time before the arbitration date.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets can re-sign him next year before his eligibility for UFA status. Frolik reportedly loves playing in Winnipeg, and a good performance this season could go a long way toward ensuring he remains a Jet for the long term.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has returned to Edmonton and has changed his jersey number from 64 to 10.
NATIONAL POST: Stephane Robidas is happy to play the role of defensive mentor with the Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Darren Archibald, who played 16 games with the Canucks last season, hopes to stick around longer this season.