Winnipeg Jets should try and get into the P.K. Subban sweepstakes. They should inquire about the Montreal Canadiens defenseman and see if they can acquire the 23-year-old restricted free agent in a trade or sign him to an offer sheet.
Subban recently stated his desire to work out a deal with Montreal and remain a Canadien for the foreseeable future, but if Montreal felt the same way, wouldn’t a contract have been agreed to by now?
The club is standing firm on their reported offer for $5 million over two years and that seems to be a low-ball offer to Subban. They are hoping he’ll cave, sign the offer and report to the team. If Subban were an unrestricted free agent he could command roughly double that on the open market. Subban is reportedly seeking a five-year, $27.5-million deal and everyone in Montreal will start speaking English before the Canadiens pony up that amount of cash for Subban.
Montreal does not want to trade Subban and would love to come to a compromise on this contract before it lingers into the regular season any longer, especially since the season is truncated as a result of the lockout.
While getting fair market value in return for Subban may be a challenge, I’m expecting a team to sign Subban who has 76 points in 160 career games to an offer sheet and the Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff should jump at the opportunity. A defensive core with Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and Subban would become one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Other teams that could make a move for Subban include the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers, but if the Jets are looking to make a splash, I think they could be a real dark horse candidate to land Subban and bring him back to the ice.
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