Maybe he was getting tired of watching the Montreal Canadiens win without him and not miss him very much during their first four games of the season. Or maybe he was getting uneasy watching Habs defenseman Andrei Markov reincarnate himself as Bobby Orr. Whatever the reason, Montreal restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban has ended his contract hold out by inking a two year deal with the team.
Reports have Subban earning $2M this half season and $3.75M next season on his newly signed bridge contract. The Canadiens attempted to sign Subban during the off-season prior to the lockout. First year Habs GM Marc Bergevin had stated that signing Subban was at the top of his list of priorities for the team.
The signing of Subban will give the Habs some much needed quality minutes on the blueline as they continue with a grueling schedule in this shortened season. Markov logged a whopping 30 minutes against the New Jersey Devils, where he scored the overtime winner on a power play.
Reportedly, Subban was holding out for a longer deal, where some insinuated he was looking for Drew Doughty salary numbers. Subban, who is 23 years of age, will be playing in his third season for the team. After the 2010-11 season, he was named to the NHL All-Rooki, as he displayed considerable poise and potential as a two way defenseman.
The holdout by Subban was highly publicized in Montreal, with Subban recently granting an interview to the local newspaper, the Montreal Gazette, where he made what some would consider mildly controversial comments about his abilities.
In a telephone press conference after the signing, Subban stated he is looking forward to getting back on the ice and contribute to the team’s success. Subban is scheduled to arrive in Montreal on Wednesday and meet with Bergevin.