Thursday Report: Subban contract speculation, Vanek on Montreal and more
In today’s early Thursday report,
P.K. Subban’s value just keeps rising and rising with every playoff game, which could make this off-season’s contract negotiations more and more difficult.
Doug MacLean thinks Subban will get $7.5 million on a long-term deal and adds that if Bergevin negotiates hard he (Subban) could drop his price to $7 million.
“I’m saying Subban is going to get $7.5. If you really work him you might get him for $7”.
Darren Dreger on the other hand believes Subban will get $8 million, at the very least.
“…negotiations between the Habs and Subban will start at $8 million”.
Vanek’s agent, who also happens to represent captain Brian Gionta’s reiterated that Vanek will definitely wait until July 1st even though the Habs are one of the top teams on his list.
“Thomas will always wait for July 1, but I would say that the Canadian is one of several teams that interest.”
Other teams that were interested in acquiring Vanek at trade deadline day includes the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Reports of the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues who also may have expressed interest.
Vanek didn’t just reject the Islanders offer because of money but more that he wanted to on a competitive (playoff) team. Vanek and the Habs have just talked preliminary on how he feels about the team and city and if he would be willing to sign long-term. There has been no real serious contract negotiations at this point.
Also a source says Daniel Briere was not heavily shopped as much as guys like Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz and Lars Eller as well as prospects like Nathan Beaulieu. There certainly was interest from a handful of teams on Briere.
With all the recent coach’s firings and hiring’s you can be rest assured that Michel Therrien isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There has been some talk that Therrien will get an extension this summer as he has 1 year left going into next season. Depending on how far the Habs go in these playoffs will likely decide on how many years Therrien will get on his extension along with some other intangibles.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower will undergo ankle surgery to repair ligament damage sustained near the end of his junior career. Thrower, 20, spent his last season of his junior career with the Vancouver Giants tallying 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games and was a +9.
According to The Province Thrower and his agent have had discussions with the Habs general manager Marc Bergevin about a contract but no agreement has been met yet.
The Montreal Canadiens have until June 1st to sign Dalton Thrower, if not signed he can be put back into the NHL entry draft or could become a free agent available to sign with any team. The Canadiens will not receive any compensation if Thrower does join another NHL team.