It looks like the Montreal Canadiens will have to pay a big price if they want to retain P.K. Subban. TSN's Bob McKenzie stated that he believes Subban is looking for a new deal ranging between $8 and $9 million a season.
Not surprisingly, McKenzie believes that the Canadiens won't be too eager to shell out that type of money for the defenseman.
Here's the full statement from McKenzie regarding Subban's talks with the Canadiens:
Negotiations are ongoing, there is no real hard news to report there other than we know Dion Phaneuf signed a long-term deal with the Maple Leafs worth $7 million a year. P.K. Subban's asking price will be somewhere from $8 million to $9 million a year. I am sure the Canadiens will not be thrilled about that and I suspect it's going to be tough sledding for some time to get this deal done.
Evidently Subban's camp is trying to use recent deals such as Phaneuf's as leverage for more money. It's not a surprising tactic, but it's still shocking to think that Subban believes he deserves more money than Steven Stamkos ($7.5 million cap hit), Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million cap hit) or as much money as Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million cap hit).