August 2, 2014

Michael Amato

2014-08-02

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Montreal reached a long-term agreement with P.K. Subban before the arbitration ruling on an eight-year, $72-million deal. 

 

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So the Montreal Canadiens and defenseman P.K. Subban couldn't come to terms on a deal and the case went to arbitration. The ruling is supposed to be released in the next 48 hours but it's likely going to be for a large figure. Players of Subban's caliber rarely land in arbitration and it will interesting to see what the outcome does to Montreal's cap situation in the short-term, as the Canadiens obviously can't walk away from the deal.

 

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The Ottawa Senators inked goaltender Robin Lehner to a three-year contract extension this week at around $2.2 million annually. That's a good deal for a Sens team that figures to be counting on Lehner to be their starter for years to come.

 

What was puzzling, though, was a report that they were also in discussions with Craig Anderson about an extension. One would have thought he would have been expendable given Lehner's new deal and the fact that he is 33. Anderson's numbers last year were far from the sparkling pace he was on during the lockout shortened campaign, but his skill set could certainly still benefit a number of teams.

 

This almost becomes like a James Reimer situation in Toronto where you don't want to be paying a backup goalie more than $2 million, whether it's Lehner or Anderson playing second fiddle next year. I still say Winnipeg can't be happy with Ondrej Pavelec and if I were Ottawa or Toronto I would be dangling Anderson or Reimer, obviously along with a few other pieces, to see if I could acquire the services of Evander Kane.

 

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So Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason broke a finger playing ball hockey and will miss about two weeks of training. It looks to be nothing serious, but I always wondered why organizations weren't more stringent about what players can and cannot do in the offseason. Many NHLers enjoy ball hockey in the summer, with a handful playing in organized leagues, so it wouldn't be farfetched to see a significant injury here and there. Teams need to protect their investment.