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NHL Combine goes to Buffalo; Winter Classic needs a home; Milano heading to OHL (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. All the Sutter Brothers together with there Mom and 8 #stanleycup combined @HockeyHallFame @NHL @lakingspr pic.twitter.com/2Usnz7rdML — Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 16, 2014 • The Sutter family recently spent some time with their very close friend Stanley. • The NHL announced today that Buffalo will host the scouting combine for at least the next two years. [ NHL.com ] • Why hasn’t the NHL announced a location for the 2015 Winter Classic in D.C. yet? [ Washington Post ] • After saying for weeks that he was going to Boston College, Columbus Blue Jackets first round pick Sonny Milano has now decided to play for Plymouth of the OHL next season. [ Buzzing the Net ] • The Blue Jackets insist they played no part in Milano’s decision. [ Columbus Dispatch ] • Slipped into Steve Simmons’ Sunday column is that Brendan Shanahan’s deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs is worth $2.5 million a year for five years. MLSE money, baby. [ Toronto Sun ] • Alex Burmistrov makes it sound like he’ll be returing to the Winnipeg Jets as early as the 2015-16 season. [ Winnipeg Sun ] • Talking with Lou Lamoriello convinced Mike Cammalleri that New Jersey was the place for him to sign. [ THN ] • Speaking of the Devils, they expect to lose money this coming season, but that’s OK. [ Fire & Ice ] • Sidney Crosby says his ailing wrist is healing very nicely and he’ll be ready for training camp. [ AP via TSN ] • When will Las Vegas get a professional sports franchise? [ Las Vegas Sun ] • Chris Stewart on the Buffalo Sabres’ chances for the 2014-15 season: “I think on paper right now there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re a playoff-bound team.” [ NHL.com ] • Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is back on the ice and doing well after battling meningitis earlier this year. [ Montreal Gazette ] • A neat inside look at the process of making the AHL schedule. [ AHL ] • Could the amount of depth the Boston Bruins have hurt your fantasy team? [ Dobber Hockey ] • Which LA King has the cutest dog? The answer may surprise you… or maybe not. DOGS! [ The Royal Half ] • Breaking down how a worldwide Champions League-style league for hockey could work. [ Too Many Men on the Site ]  • Finally, here’s some overhead gameplay from NHL 15

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Mount Rushmore – Brendan Gallagher

If you could sculpt your own Mount Rushmore, what famous faces would you chisel into the iconic rock face? We asked Brendan Gallagher that very question…

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What We Learned: What do players really owe their NHL teams? (Puck Daddy)

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Hab at Heart – Adonis Stevenson

MONTREAL – Since becoming the world champion in June 2011, many have tried to slow Adonis Stevenson down but failed time and again in their attempts to do so. Accustomed to being the main attraction on boxing cards hosted at the Bell Centre over the last few years, the 36-year-old feels privileged to have the opportunity to entertain spectators in the building that his favorite hockey team calls home. The canadiens.com crew met up the WBC Light Heavyweight champ to learn more about his love for all things CH.

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Teeder Kennedy to be first on Maple Leafs’ Legends Row statue (The Canadian Press)

Growing up in Toronto as a fan of the Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan just assumed Ted Kennedy’s birth name was Teeder. He eventually learned more about Kennedy, one of the first Leafs legends to have his number retired. The former captain and five-time Stanley Cup winner — who was known by his childhood nickname — will get a posthumous honour next month when he’ll be one of the first three players to have statues unveiled in the Leafs’ new Legends Row outside Air Canada Centre. “A great opportunity from whatever decade you grew up being a fan of the Maple Leafs, you will be able to see your favourites but then you’ll also learn about some people that you probably didn’t get a chance to see play.”

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Canadiens owner had final word on P.K. Subban, to shock of no one (Puck Daddy)

There are some signings that a general manager makes that don’t need a tremendous amount of discussion with his team owner. If Marc Bergevin wants to throw $850,000 at Manny Malhotra, we’re sure Geoff Molson wasn’t burning the midnight oil going over faceoff stats from the AHL Charlotte Checkers. 
But P.K. Subban is going to make $72 million over the next eight years as an employee of the Montreal Canadiens. That Molson would take an active role in those negotiations is understandable, logical and in the end not all that out of line with what’s expected from an NHL team owner that doubles as the franchise’s president.
Ted Leonsis negotiated Alex Ovechkin’s 2008 contract. Jeff Vanderbeek was active in the New Jersey Devils’ acquisition and subsequent contract debacle with Ilya Kovalchuk. Ed Snider was an aggressive catalyst for the Flyers acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov, even if he’s revised his role a bit in the aftermath.
And so it goes with many, many NHL owners. And so it went with Molson, who was the final word on the when and “how much” for P.K. Subban’s contract.
Unfortunately for Molson and the Canadiens, this is being portrayed as some type of power struggle. Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette writes that “it was indeed Molson who overruled GM Marc Bergevin, when it appeared that the club might be saddled with a single-year arbitration contract and a disgruntled star.”
From Todd:
It was Molson’s call to sign P.K. long-term and it was exactly right. Which doesn’t mean Bergevin was wrong. Both men were doing their jobs: Bergevin’s task is to make an evaluation based on his salary cap and his evaluation of a player’s performance. Molson has to take the wider view and consider factors like fan-base reaction that really aren’t Bergevin’s problem.
This notion from Todd has been spun in some circles as an indication that Molson and his GM aren’t on the same page. 
The idea that there’s a power struggle between a general manager fighting for a short-term deal and an owner stomping all over him to hand Subban a long-term deal is a juicy one; because any inkling that an activist owner and his stubborn GM aren’t getting along, or that the GM has been reduced to puppet status, is especially sexy when it involves hockey’s most sacrosanct franchise. 
But the problem with that idea is …
1. It relies on a theory that Bergevin didn’t want to lock Subban up long-term (he did) and that the arbitration process wasn’t something the team was simply leveraging against Subban in the hopes of getting a favorable deal (it didn’t financially; it did in buying up extra UFA years).
2. That Molson didn’t endorse the team’s hard-line approach with its star player, despite having taken an active role in player personnel since 2012.
3. That Molson didn’t have the final call in these talks regardless of the timing or circumstances. Subban was in constant contact with him throughout the process, and clearly something in the dynamic changed after the arbitration hearing. Bergevin could advise and consent; only Molson was going to cut the check.  
Which, again, should be rather obvious when dealing with a star like Subban and an owner like Molson. Perhaps he pulled the trigger on the deal a little sooner than his general manager hoped he would, especially with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher up for new deals soon.
But in the end, Geoff Molson’s the guy who buys the bullets. 

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What We Learned: Is this the Red Wings’ last stand? (Puck Daddy)

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Dropkick Murphys behead Canadiens doll at Montreal heavy metal festival (Video) (Puck Daddy)

A lesson from Concerts 101: People want to be pandered to. They want to hear that their city in the best in the world, that you couldn’t be happier to visit, and that, while you’re there, you’re a fan of their local sports team.
It’s why, when Snoop Dogg performed at British Columbia’s Pemberton Music Festival last month, he did so in a Henrik Sedin sweater  (albeit one of the horrible Black Ice jerseys). It’s why, at the Bell Centre last summer, One Direction performed in Montreal Canadiens jerseys (and told the screaming crowd they were the loudest one ever…  swoon). 
This is just how it’s done. 
Unless you’re the Dropkick Murphys, diehard Boston Bruins fans to the end. For them, there will be no pandering, especially to Canadiens fans, their mortal enemies. Which is why, at this weekend’s Heavy Montreal  festival, surrounded by Molson Canadian banners and Canadiens, singer and bassist Ken Casey declared his love for the Bruins, then had his son Liam bring out a doll wearing a Canadiens sweater, hung by his feet.
The poor doll was thrashed about the stage, then beheaded. 

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Boy finds Montreal Canadiens Cup ring in a river, but is it the real deal? (Puck Daddy)

When you go swimming or fishing as a kid in just about any natural body of water, the dream, the thing that would make your day, is finding something really amazing. A massive fish. The beginning of a mystery. Some kind of treasure.
But it rarely goes down that way — something that’s been lampooned in cartoons for decades, as kids go home with tin cans, fish bones, and soggy old boots.
It actually happened to eight-year old Anthony Theriault, however. The kid was swimming in New Brunswick’s Restigouche River this summer when he came across this:

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Hab at Heart – Philippe Bond

MONTREAL – Over the past few years, Philippe Bond has experienced a meteoric rise on radio, television, and on stage. Forced to get out of bed a few hours before daybreak every day in order to get Montrealers’ mornings started on NRJ radio, Bond remains as loyal a Canadiens fan as ever, fighting off the fatigue that comes with lacking sleep. The canadiens.com crew met up with the Quebec-based comedian to learn more about his love for all things CH.

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Mount Rushmore – Max Pacioretty

If you could sculpt your own Mount Rushmore, what famous faces would you chisel into the iconic rock face? We asked Max Pacioretty that very question…

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Canadiens are Canada’s top sports brand, says research firm Leafs fans now hate (Puck Daddy)

Insightrix Research Inc. is a firm based in Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. And like most residents of Saskatchewan, it’s primary interest is the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
The Roughriders are undoubtedly the strongest brand in the CFL (the best football league in the world, bar none, it’s not even close, don’t even try to argue). But where do they stand as a sports brand in relation to Canada’s other major sports franchises?
Survey says: third, behind the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, in first and second, respectively.
Yes, respectively. According to Insightrix Research’s findings, the Montreal Canadiens are a stronger brand that the Toronto Maple Leafs. 
These are divisive results, especially in hockey-mad Canada, and especially in August, when hockey-mad Canadians are mostly just mad Canadians, because there’s no hockey.
Torontonians are furious, and you can understand why. The Leafs may not have won a Stanley Cup since 1967, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t won  anything . They consistently win polls and surveys like this, top reports, excel at franchise vaulations, and sit atop pretty much any chart that simply has to do with brand strength and moneymaking ability.
If you’re wondering how Leafs fans maintain that superiority complex despite the near half-century that’s passed since they were last superior, it’s by winning the Stanley Cup of Canadian branding time and time again. And it’s been taken from them.
Poor Insightrix. They simply wanted to do their Saskatchewanian duty and remind everyone how great the Roughriders are. But now they’ve stepped in it. 
“I don’t like Montreal. I disagree with this,” Torontonian Ethan Kopecky told Global News .
But while most Leafs fans are about this eloquent in voicing their issues with the findings, there are some valid gripes.
For instance: this survey, which polled 2,676 Canadians in Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg, was conducted between May 8 and May 26. Here’s a graphic representation of what the Canadiens and Leafs were doing between May 8 and May 26:

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Raring to go

MONTREAL – After playing an integral part in the Canadiens’ deepest playoff run since 1993 this past spring, Lars Eller is making the most of a short summer, recharging the proverbial batteries and fine-tuning his body for his fifth full NHL campaign.

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P.K. Subban on hard feelings with Montreal, brother’s Bruins loyalties (Video) (Puck Daddy)

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Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Special time! P.K. Subban edition! (Puck Daddy)

LISTEN HERE! [ And if that doesn't work, try here. ]
It’s a (I don’t like) Mondays edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at  1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT, and we’re talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: We are moving the show a little earlier to have Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban on the show. We think. 
• The Subban contract and the Ben Bishop extension. 
• All the hockey news that matters (or that we’ve noticed).
Question of the Day: What was your take on the P.K. Subban contract? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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What We Learned: Why PK Subban is perhaps too selfless (Puck Daddy)

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After arbitration, Subban gets eight-year commitment from Canadiens (The Canadian Press)

When P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin left Friday’s arbitration hearing, emotions were raw. It’s the kind of long-term commitment that will make everyone quickly forget about the tensions of these negotiations that culminated in arbitration. “I think I’ve always believed that, but obviously in this process and coming out with this result, now everybody else understands it and can see it as well and doesn’t have to speculate about how the Montreal Canadiens feel about me.” Subban, who will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2021-22 season, has made no secret how he feels about Montreal.

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After arbitration, Subban gets eight-year commitment from Canadiens (The Canadian Press)

When P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin left Friday’s arbitration hearing, emotions were raw. It’s the kind of long-term commitment that will make everyone quickly forget about the tensions of these negotiations that culminated in arbitration. “I think I’ve always believed that, but obviously in this process and coming out with this result, now everybody else understands it and can see it as well and doesn’t have to speculate about how the Montreal Canadiens feel about me.” Subban, who will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2021-22 season, has made no secret how he feels about Montreal.

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Right at home

MONTREAL – It might’ve taken a little bit longer than expected, but P.K. Subban will be calling La Belle Province his hockey home through at least the 2021-22 NHL campaign.

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NHL-National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

The Montreal Canadiens agreed to an eight-year contract with defenseman P.K. Subban on Saturday. “We are very pleased to have reached a long-term agreement with P.K. Subban. This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team,” general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL.” Subban, 25, won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013.

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P.K. Subban, Canadiens beat arbitration ruling, sign eight-year, $72 million deal (Puck Daddy)

Clearly, the Montreal Canadiens didn’t like the way things went at their arbitration hearing with P.K. Subban on Friday.
Either that, or they just really like Subban. (Probably both.) On Saturday, the team got in just under the wire, beating the arbitrator’s ruling and announcing an eight-year, $72 million contract.
“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with  P.K. Subban . This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. 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. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Which is why it’s so amazing that it took the Canadiens this long to throw all the money and all the term at Subban. I mean, good Lord, could they have cut it any closer? I understand that Marc Bergevin was looking for a way around severely, painfully losing the bridge contract gambit (he didn’t find it, safe to say), but even still, it was stunning how long it took for the Canadiens to give Subban the contract everyone was expecting him to get. 
Subban’s $9 million cap hit situates him just being Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin for 2014-15, although he’ll drop to fifth when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s fancy new contracts kick in for 2015-16.
Among defenseman, however, the former Norris trophy winner is untouched. No other blueliner makes even $8 million per year right now, although Shea Weber and Ryan Suter’s deals pay them $14M and $11M next season, respectively.
Meanwhile, Drew Doughty makes $7 million a year through 2019, because the Kings went straight from the entry-level contract to the compensation he clearly deserved, instead of jerking him around. 
Anyway. The Canadians finally got it done, and now Subban is earning a salary commensurate to his standing as one of the league’s premier defencemen — probably enough money that Michel Therrien will look pretty silly if he benches Subban late in close games again next season. (That’s your $9 million game-breaker riding the pine in a game that needs breaking, Michel.)
 
And now we know that Subban wasn’t just whispering sweet nothings to Habs fans when he said he wanted to be a Montreal lifer, which is why this deal got done despite the Canadiens doing everything to screw it up.
“Obviously I remain adamant on remaining in Montreal and being a Montreal Canadien, and not just for a long time but hopefully for the rest of my career, and be a lifer there,” Subban told Toronto’s Breakfast Television just last week. “I really enjoy playing there.”

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Canadiens agree with D Subban on 8-year deal (The Associated Press)

The Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenseman P.K. Subban on an eight-year deal. A day after an arbitration hearing that would have led to a one-year contract, the team and Subban reached accord Saturday on a long-term arrangement. Subban, who already has a Norris Trophy and Olympic gold medal, would be under contract through the age of 33. He had 10 goals and 43 assists last season, and has 42 goals and 125 assists in his NHL career.

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P.K. Subban, Canadiens strike 8-year deal (CBC)

P.K. Subban can call Montreal his hockey home for the foreseeable future after the defenceman struck an eight-year contract with the Canadiens on Saturday. The 25-year-old Subban was unable to hammer out a deal with the NHL team earlier this week and went to salary arbitration on Friday. “Thank you to (at)CanadiensMTL for making a commitment to myself and my family,” Subban wrote on Twitter.

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Canadiens agree to terms on an 8-year contract with defenseman P.K. Subban

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday that the team has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with defenseman P.K. Subban (2014-15 to 2021-22).

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Canadiens vs. P.K. Subban: What’s next? (CBC)

Both parties have drawn their lines in the sand, and now it’s up to an arbitrator to pick.

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P.K. Subban faces hardball from Marc Bergevin, Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)

When a player follows the contractual rights established in the CBA – evoking a no-trade clause, for example – the hockey world gets split up into to two camps: Those who malign that player’s character for putting his own wants and needs above that of the team; and those who logically understand that it was his team and his League that bestowed those rights upon him. 
The same apparently holds for general managers. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is being portrayed as something between a feckless oaf and a shortsighted idiot for allowed P.K. Subban’s case to get to arbitration , following a two-year bridge contract he handed him in lieu of a longer-term deal that would gobbled up a year of unrestricted free agency. The two sides left the hearing on Friday frustrated , and a long-teram solution to the problem seemed unlikely. 
But let’s look at what Bergevin’s managed to do in his negotiations with Subban:
– Kept his cap hit at $2.875 million for the last two seasons with that bridge contract, avoiding a potential cap calamity in 2013-14 when the ceiling dropped to $64.3 million.
– Kept him with two RFA years remaining at the end of that contract, which means two more cracks at short-term deals or a long-term extension, with arbitration in his hip pocket. (Although P.K. filed this time.)
– Managed to avoid handing out an elephantine contract before its time, with both Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk coming off their rookie deals next summer.
From a nuts-and-bolts, taking what the CBA gives you perspective, what Bergevin’s done here so far is fine. And barring a miracle in which the sides decide on a long-term deal, he’ll save even more on Subban for next season when the arbitration ruling comes down, as well as in the long run. ( Andrew Berkshire has done some great analysis on that last point .)
Look at this way: a five-year contract signed in 2012 would have included one UFA year, which would have inflated the cap hit. A long-term deal signed now would included several, which would be like taking a tire pump to his cap hit for these next two RFA seasons, for no legitimate reason — Subban’s going to, in theory, sign long-term before his UFA status anyway. Instead, Bergevin saves money and cap space, potentially for the next two seasons.
But good business isn’t always good employee relations, and the palpable fear is that the nickel-and-diming of P.K. Subban, by one of the most cash-rich teams in professional sports, is the economic equivalent of a Shawn Thornton squirt to the face.
Via Eric Engles (warning: HockeyBuzz post) :
This isn’t about 8.5, or 8.75, or 9. This is about Subban, Molson and Bergevin sitting at a press conference that highlights the respect the Canadiens have for what Subban means to their organization. This is about putting a label on what Subban’s already proven in Montreal–that he’s one of their two best players, and that unequivocally, he’s a respected leader in the dressing room.
I maintain, Subban wants fair value, but really, he wants to be respected. That’s why he’s willing to go long when he could easily skate to arbitration, pick up as much as $8.5M next season, and be up for an even bigger contract at this time next year.  
Bob McKenzie’s another guy wondering what happens if Subban doesn’t feel the love from the Habs:
My uneducated opinion from afar: MTL likes, maybe really likes, Subban but doesn’t LOVE him. And you have to LOVE someone at 8 x $8-9M+ per. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 1, 2014 More importantly, I guess, IF Subban doesn’t feel the love from MTL, how eager is he to re-up there for eight years? Gonna be interesting. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 1, 2014 My uneducated opinion from afar: MTL likes, maybe really likes, Subban but doesn’t LOVE him. And you have to LOVE someone at 8 x $8-9 million-plus per.
More importantly, I guess, IF Subban doesn’t feel the love from MTL, how eager is he to re-up there for eight years? Gonna be interesting.
No kidding.
So we have a three-pronged issue here:
1. Bergevin’s frugal management of his asset during his RFA years.
2. Whether or not the Canadiens truly believe in Subban as an 8-year, $8-million a year player (or more).
3. P.K. Subban’s faith that if he was an unrestricted free agent, he’d get 8-year, $8-million a year (or more) as soon as TSN and Sportsnet sign on for the 2016 free-agent frenzy.
If Subban and Don Meehan want to get all boo-boo-faced over the Habs’ pressing the RFA card or their arbitration arguments in bringing his asking price down, so be it. They should know it’s a business as much as the Habs do.
The only thing that should, in theory, matter is what Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin offer when the power shifts to Subban as an unrestricted free agent. Because they’re idiots if they allow a star player – who’s both in the top five at his position and willing to put up with the pressure, spotlight and nonsense that comes with playing for Les Habitants – eventually skate away.
Play all the hardball you want. But when the times comes, the Habs better groove one down the middle of the plate like their name is Adam Wainwright and Subban is Derek Jeter.
 

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P.K. Subban faces hardball from Marc Bergevin, Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)

When a player follows the contractual rights established in the CBA – evoking a no-trade clause, for example – the hockey world gets split up into to two camps: Those who malign that player’s character for putting his own wants and needs above that of the team; and those who logically understand that it was his team and his League that bestowed those rights upon him. 
The same apparently holds for general managers. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is being portrayed as something between a feckless oaf and a shortsighted idiot for allowed P.K. Subban’s case to get to arbitration , following a two-year bridge contract he handed him in lieu of a longer-term deal that would gobbled up a year of unrestricted free agency. The two sides left the hearing on Friday frustrated , and a long-teram solution to the problem seemed unlikely. 
But let’s look at what Bergevin’s managed to do in his negotiations with Subban:
– Kept his cap hit at $2.875 million for the last two seasons with that bridge contract, avoiding a potential cap calamity in 2013-14 when the ceiling dropped to $64.3 million.
– Kept him with two RFA years remaining at the end of that contract, which means two more cracks at short-term deals or a long-term extension, with arbitration in his hip pocket. (Although P.K. filed this time.)
– Managed to avoid handing out an elephantine contract before its time, with both Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk coming off their rookie deals next summer.
From a nuts-and-bolts, taking what the CBA gives you perspective, what Bergevin’s done here so far is fine. And barring a miracle in which the sides decide on a long-term deal, he’ll save even more on Subban for next season when the arbitration ruling comes down, as well as in the long run. ( Andrew Berkshire has done some great analysis on that last point .)
Look at this way: a five-year contract signed in 2012 would have included one UFA year, which would have inflated the cap hit. A long-term deal signed now would included several, which would be like taking a tire pump to his cap hit for these next two RFA seasons, for no legitimate reason — Subban’s going to, in theory, sign long-term before his UFA status anyway. Instead, Bergevin saves money and cap space, potentially for the next two seasons.
But good business isn’t always good employee relations, and the palpable fear is that the nickel-and-diming of P.K. Subban, by one of the most cash-rich teams in professional sports, is the economic equivalent of a Shawn Thornton squirt to the face.
Via Eric Engles (warning: HockeyBuzz post) :

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Subban, Canadiens wait for arbitrator’s ruling after going through hearing (The Canadian Press)

P.K. Subban will soon have a contract to play next season for the Montreal Canadiens, though not the way either side wanted it to happen. Unable to hammer out a deal, Subban and the Habs went to arbitration Friday morning.

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P.K. Subban, Canadiens fail to reach deal, go through with arbitration hearing (Puck Daddy)

P.K. Subban and his agent walked out of a Toronto conference room Friday afternoon without a new contract with the Montreal Canadiens. After spending four hours together, the two sides failed to work out an agreement and went through with the scheduled arbitration hearing.
From here, the arbitrator has 48 hours to make her ruling. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, and Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin can continue to try and hammer out a long-term deal within that timeframe. However, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston , Meehan says there currently are no plans to negotiate further at the moment.
“We have to live with those decisions,” Subban told the media in regards to it being in the hands of the arbitrator now . “It’s been an educational process for me.”
Earlier in the week, Subban’s side submitted an award request of $8.5 million . Fair and reasonable for a player of his status. The Canadiens are seeking $5.25 million. That’s not even Brooks Orpik territory! 
Both Subban and the Canadiens requested a one-year award from the hearing. Since they went through with the hearing, Bergevin and his team had to argue their side as to why Subban is worth less than his $8.5 million request.
Meehan likely prepped Subban by telling him not to take what he hears inside the conference room personally. But when you’re an elite player who owns a Norris Trophy and has played some of your best hockey since taking a two-year bridge deal in 2013, you expect to be paid. “I’ve done [my job], and [Meehan will] do his,” Subban said in May regarding contract negotiations.
What is Bergevin’s gameplan here? Who knows. He declined comment. 
The Canadiens have a 25-year old defenseman who loves the team and the city and is willing to spend the rest of his career in Montreal. Why would Bergevin not want to tie him there with a long-term deal? Instead, the team is playing a dangerous game of chicken that could see one of the two faces of their franchise leave town, possibly before he becomes a UFA in two years time.

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Hab at Heart – Charles Hamelin

MONTREAL – Making his mark on ice surfaces across the globe for the last decade, Charles Hamelin lives his life at top speed every day. Despite a demanding short track speed skating schedule, Hamelin makes following the Canadiens a top priority when he’s away from home. The canadiens.com crew caught up with the four-time Olympic medalist to learn more about his love for all things CH.

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On the road with Michael Bournival

Perhaps the best way to get to know someone is to take a road trip with him. Some conversation, a little music and a long stretch of asphalt can form an enduring bond between travel companions. Settle in and buckle up; we’re hitting the road with Michael Bournival.

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Lindros finally a HOFer; Spaling, Pens avoid arbitration; hottest NHL logo (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
. @PKSubban1 @canadiensmtl is not only the best black player in #hockey , he might be the best player. What an incredible talent! — Larry King (@kingsthings) July 31, 2014
• Hopefully P.K. Subban’s agent submits this as part of his arbitration case Friday, should things get that far.
• Will the $5.25 million salary arbitration offer the Montreal Canadiens submitted for Subban be remembered by the defenseman down the line? [ CBC ]
• Meanwhile, Subban’s agent said he wasn’t instructed by his client to make him the league’s top-earning blue liner. [ PHT ]
• The Philadelphia Flyers announced that John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Eric Lindros will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this season. [ Flyers ]
• Nick Spaling and the Pittsburgh Penguins avoid arbitration and agree to a two-year, $4.4 million deal. [ Penguins ]
• Paul Stastny’s signing in St. Louis means the Blues have employed a trio of Stastny’s. [ Post-Dispatch ]
• The Vancouver Canucks changing jerseys again? Can Johnny Canuck make it on the front of the jersey this time? [ Nucks Misconduct ] 
• Barry Trotz will put his stamp on the Washington Capitals forward group, thanks to the fact he’ll have some options to play with. [ Japers’ Rink ]
• Paul Bissonnette on his uncertain future: “There’s a stalemate right now where some are either at the cap, maybe a little bit below it or over it where they want to make moves, but teams are waiting. I find that one or two trades are going to spark more movement.” [ Arizona Republic ] 
• How did the biggest trades from last season work out for each team? [ Grantland ]
• An unofficial list of Ottawa Senators marketing slogans, including, “This Town Needs a REDnema.” [ Welcome to Your Karlsson Years ] 
• Kevin Hayes is going to hit the open market after failing to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. Should the Vancouver Canucks get involved in the sweepstakes? [ Canucks Army ]
• Kale Clague has a cool name and he’s also ready to make an impact with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. [ Buzzing the Net ] 
• Time’s running out for Max Reinhart to make an impact with the Calgary Flames. [ Flames Nation ]
• Who’s the most frustrating player in fantasy hockey: Cam Ward or Mike Green? [ Dobber Hockey ]
• What is the hottest logo in hockey? It’s a bit of a throwback. [ Hockey By Design ]
• Finally, the NHL on FOX commercials from the 1990s are probably something we’ll never see again:

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Lindros finally a HOFer; Spaling, Pens avoid arbitration; hottest NHL logo (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
. @PKSubban1 @canadiensmtl is not only the best black player in #hockey , he might be the best player. What an incredible talent! — Larry King (@kingsthings) July 31, 2014
• Hopefully P.K. Subban’s agent submits this as part of his arbitration case Friday, should things get that far.
• Will the $5.25 million salary arbitration offer the Montreal Canadiens submitted for Subban be remembered by the defenseman down the line? [ CBC ]
• Meanwhile, Subban’s agent said he wasn’t instructed by his client to make him the league’s top-earning blue liner. [ PHT ]
• The Philadelphia Flyers announced that John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Eric Lindros will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this season. [ Flyers ]
• Nick Spaling and the Pittsburgh Penguins avoid arbitration and agree to a two-year, $4.4 million deal. [ Penguins ]
• Paul Stastny’s signing in St. Louis means the Blues have employed a trio of Stastny’s. [ Post-Dispatch ]
• The Vancouver Canucks changing jerseys again? Can Johnny Canuck make it on the front of the jersey this time? [ Nucks Misconduct ] 
• Barry Trotz will put his stamp on the Washington Capitals forward group, thanks to the fact he’ll have some options to play with. [ Japers’ Rink ]
• Paul Bissonnette on his uncertain future: “There’s a stalemate right now where some are either at the cap, maybe a little bit below it or over it where they want to make moves, but teams are waiting. I find that one or two trades are going to spark more movement.” [ Arizona Republic ] 
• How did the biggest trades from last season work out for each team? [ Grantland ]
• An unofficial list of Ottawa Senators marketing slogans, including, “This Town Needs a REDnema.” [ Welcome to Your Karlsson Years ] 
• Kevin Hayes is going to hit the open market after failing to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. Should the Vancouver Canucks get involved in the sweepstakes? [ Canucks Army ]
• Kale Clague has a cool name and he’s also ready to make an impact with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. [ Buzzing the Net ] 
• Time’s running out for Max Reinhart to make an impact with the Calgary Flames. [ Flames Nation ]
• Who’s the most frustrating player in fantasy hockey: Cam Ward or Mike Green? [ Dobber Hockey ]
• What is the hottest logo in hockey? It’s a bit of a throwback. [ Hockey By Design ]
• Finally, the NHL on FOX commercials from the 1990s are probably something we’ll never see again:

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Police arrest Montreal Canadiens meth kingpin (Puck Daddy)

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Shahanan remodels Leafs; Marchand hates Plekanec; Subban homecoming? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
RT @NYIslanders : #Isles training camp begins Sept. 18 @ochocinco : I’m also the back up goalie for the NY Islanders… pic.twitter.com/KWHGYdO2VQ — Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 30, 2014
• Chad Ochocinco may be in the Canadian Football League right now, but he’s hoping to get back to America some way, somehow. His newest plan: backup goalie for the New York Islanders. It’ll be an easy transition, since they already have a Chad Johnson in that role.
• What hath the Brendan Shanahan era in Toronto wrought? No major changes to the core, but some serious adjustments to the team’s depth, on and off the ice. [ Maple Leafs Hot Stove ]
• The best players from every franchise in the NHL. What, no Jagr? [ ESPN ]
• What do the fancy stats say about Jake Gardiner? He’s really good. [ The Score ]
• Alex Semin has gotten married in a secret ceremony. The whole thing is shrouded in mystery, but here’s one scandalous detail: Alex Ovechkin wasn’t there! Le gasp! [ RMNB ]
• Dan Lacroix has joined the Montreal Canadiens coaching staff as an assistant. [ Canadiens ]
• We’ve already talked about Steven Stamkos potentially being Leafbron , and going to play in his hometown, but what about P.K. Subban? He certainly doesn’t throw any water on the question. Here comes the speculation! All hail Subbron! [ National Post ]
• Paul Stewart on how an NHL official can command respect. [ Huffington Post ]
• The Kings have signed Dwight King to a three-year extension worth $5.85 million. [ LA Kings Insider ]
• What’s the greatest hockey game you’ve ever witnessed? [ The Hockey Writers ]
• Contract negotiations between Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings are on hold. I’m skeptical they’re going to go anywhere, either. [ MLive ]
• Trevor Linden on Vancouver radio: “I’m not sure that the intended use of fighting – which is to protect our stars – actually works.” [ Canucks Army ]
• I love Joe Pelletier’s hockey history. Here’s some stuff on the NHL during World War II, when “errant pucks shot into the crowd at games had to be returned because of a rubber shortage.” [ Greatest Hockey Legends ]
• The Champions Hockey League has secured a three-year broadcasting deal with One World Sports in the U.S. [ CHL ]
• Nail Yakupov talks about the upcoming season, which is terribly important for his NHL career. [ Oilers Nation ]
• How bad is John Scott going to be for the Sharks? I love that this is the title of this post. [ Fear the Fin ]
• Brad Marchand talks about his hatred for Tomas Plekanec. “I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much,” he says. It’s the turtleneck, I’ll bet. [ CSNNE ]
• And finally, here’s video of Marchand saying exactly that:

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Back in the fold

MONTREAL – Dan Lacroix helped the New York Rangers send the Canadiens packing eight weeks ago. Now, he’ll be doing everything in his power to see that nothing stands in the Habs’ way.

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Back in the fold

MONTREAL – Dan Lacroix helped the New York Rangers send the Canadiens packing eight weeks ago. Now, he’ll be doing everything in his power to see that nothing stands in the Habs’ way.

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Canadiens add 2 to coaching staff (The Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens hired Dan Lacroix as assistant coach and Rob Ramage as player development coach on Wednesday. Lacroix replaces Gerard Gallant, who left to become head coach of the Florida Panthers. Lacroix worked as an assistant coach in the NHL for seven of the past eight seasons, including last season with the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers. He previously worked as assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010 to 2013 and with the New York Islanders from 2006 to 2009.

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Montreal Canadiens hire Lacroix, Ramage to coaching staff (The Canadian Press)

The Montreal Canadiens hired Dan Lacroix as assistant coach and Rob Ramage as player development coach, and also gave new responsibilities to some management personnel on Wednesday. Lacroix, 45, replaces Gerard Gallant, who left to become head coach of the Florida Panthers. He worked as an assistant coach in the NHL for seven of the past eight seasons, including last season with the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

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