Canadiens ink blueliner P.K. Subban to eight-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Montreal Canadiens and P.K. Subban have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract reportedly worth $72 million Saturday, a day after the two sides engaged in an arbitration hearing.

With the new deal, the Canadiens will keep the 25-year-old superstar blueliner through the 2021-22 season.

“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban. This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said.

“A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice. Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team,” he added.

The winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013, Subban scored 10 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season and was tied for fifth in points among defenseman.

Subban also led the Canadiens in scoring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14 points in 17 games as Montreal advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2010.

A second-round pick (No. 43) by the Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Draft, Subban has 42 goals and 167 points in 284 career games and 10 goals and 30 points in 43 playoff games. He also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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