Talks with Subban and Gionta ongoing, while they haven’t begun with Weaver

The Montreal Canadiens just finished contract talks with Andrei Markov announcing his new three-year contract earlier today but still have some work to do with RFA P.K. Subban and UFA Brian Gionta.

Contract negotiations with former Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban have begun and preliminary talks have been held between the two sides. Early indications suggest Subban is seeking a seven or eight year deal worth around $8 million per season, while sources say the Habs are set to start negotiations at around $7 million per season. Comparable contracts to P.K. Subban’s future deal includes Erik Karlsson’s 7 year $45.5 million contract, Alex Pietrangleo’s 7 year $45.5 million contract, Drew Doughty’s 8 year $56 million contract, Brian Campbell’s 8 year $57.143 million deal, Kris Letang’s 8 year $58 million contract and to a certain degree Ryan Suter’s 13 year $98 million deal and Shea Weber’s 14 year $110 million deal.

Habs captain Brian Gionta and the Montreal Canadiens have already entered serious discussions with sources indicating Gionta and his camp are looking for a 3 year deal at around $3-4 million per season. Another source told TheHabsNation today that Gionta is willing to sign a 2-3 year contract at $3.5 million per season with a limited no trade clause. The two sides are expected to meet throughout the week and the sense is that there is mutual agreement that a deal will get done before July 1st.

La Presse’s Richard Labbe reports that the Canadiens and Gionta met over the weekend and today to further discuss Gionta’s future as a Montreal Canadien.

It’s business, the negotiation game and anything can happen, but I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m sure the team would like to conclude a new agreement with Brian before June 25, obviously.

TVA Sports reported today that the Montreal Canadiens have not begun contract negotiations with UFA Mike Weaver, although the Habs have expressed interest in bringing the 36 year-old veteran for another season or two. Reports from various sources said the two sides talked during the playoffs briefly about a contract extension but talks never entered a serious stage. It is expected that Marc Bergevin and the Habs will reach out to Weaver about a new contract.