Originally Posted by habs83
We discussed this briefly in the Habs post.
I am not disputing the fact that P.K. is an important part of the team going forward, but Bergevin can't to this for two main reasons:
1) No one is bigger than the team, and every other star on the team (Price, Pacioretty and, to a lesser extent, Gorges) followed the same path, which is to sign the bridge contract before cashing in.
2) Pure cap maths. For this one, I will refer you to the above post. But to sum it up, the Habs don't have 5M$ under the cap next season, even if Kaberle is bought out, so if Subban is signed for 5M+, Bergevin will be forced into a trade to shed salary.
Subban and his agent are probably thinking "this isn't our problem". Plus, Subban is more proven than Price and MaxPac were going into their respective negotiations. Price had extra leverage because of the entire Halak trade.
No question players signing contracts now should expect a bit less than they would've fectched 1-2 years ago due to the change in salary cap. But to take a lower amount than one should get because the franchise you're attached to signs ridiculous contracts with other players (Gomez and trading for Kaberle), that's Bergevin's problem.
I hate to say it, but Subban is worth 5m/year. If reports coming out saying he's being offered 3m/year are true, then why not ask for a trade. A team out there will pay.
Some teams have a 'bridge' contrace philosophy, and some don't. Subban wants to play for a team that doesn't.