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May 7, 2014 | 4:40pm ET
Subban proving his worth
TheFourthPeriod.com

Montreal Canadiens defenseman and fan favorite P.K. Subban has been busy proving he's worthy of a long-term, multi-million dollar contract.

The 24-year-old has been a key part of the Habs' post-season success, recording three goals and eight assists in seven games, including an overtime winning goal against the Boston Bruins.

Negotiations on a contract extension for the restricted free agent will begin in the off-season. Mark Guy, who represents Subban along with Don Meehan, told TFP earlier in the season and the two sides held preliminary discussions, but never entered a serious state.

Subban is currently in the final-year of a two-year, $5.7 million contract.

"Subban is the most popular player on the team, along with (No. 1 goalie Carey) Price," said Sportnet's Doug MacLean. "He's one of the top 6-7 defenseman in the league. I'm saying Subban is going to get $7.5 million."

MacLean added the Habs organization still has had some questions and concerns regarding Subban. He has been previously criticized for taking unnecessary penalties and lapses in defensive play.

Darren Dreger of TSN added that he believes negotiations between the Habs and Subban will start at $8 million, while a source close to Subban, speaking on the basis of anonymity, told TFP a deal between $8 million and $8.5 million, per season, is more likely.

Due to the new Collective Bargaining agreement, Subban could sign for a maximum eight-years with the Habs, and seven-years with any other club.


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