Subban-Bergevin negotiations a head scratcher

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I’m still scratching my head over this PK Subban contract.

Not the fact that he received a 8 year deal worth 72-million dollars, averaging 9-million per season.

At the end of the day, PK is an elite level defenceman and should be paid like one.

The head scratching comes from the process.

Subban and the Habs went to salary arbitration on Friday in Toronto after the team submitted an offer of $5.25 million for one year and Subban asked for 8.5 million.

And with the arbitrator taking 48 hours to make her decision, the team and Subban’s camp were allowed to continue negotiating.

And they obviously did.

But how did Habs GM Marc Bergevin go from a 5.25 million dollar offer… to an average of 9-million per season for the next 8 years?

Why even go to arbitration and risk alienating the face of your franchise if you’re willing to open your wallet anyway?

And I know there were other factors involved, and hindsight is 20/20, but Bergevin’s much heralded bridge deal for PK was a blunder.

They could’ve locked him up for 6 years at 6.5-million a season, saving Montreal a boat load of money and cap space.

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