It was reported by the Team1260 radio station this morning that P.K. Subban was offered a $2.75M / year contract with a two year term. Then the debate began about how this seems low for a skill set like Subban’s. Now it has been reported by 630CHED via RDS that Subban has rejected the deal.
Would you, loyal Edmonton Oilers Fan, want Subban here in Oil Country? And if you do…what would you be willing to do to get him? I for one do want Subban in Edmonton. I feel he would be the perfect fit on this young team. He can skate, he hits, and he fights. He’s also got a reputation for being a pest, which is exactly what the Oilers need. The knock on Subban is that he’s got an attitude issue and that he likes the spotlight too much. In Edmonton, that might be a good thing to get that spotlight off the kids and on to someone else for a while.Here’s what I would be willing to do to get him…
THE OFFER SHEET
With Subban being an RFA, a team could sign him to an offer sheet and for the Montreal Canadiens to either match it, or take the Draft Pick compensation. I think you could probably get Subban to sign a deal at $4.5M / year for 3-4 years. The issue with the offer sheet is that there’s no guaranty that he will sign to play for the Oilers. But who’s to say he wouldn’t either? Nothing ventured nothing gained right? I would prefer to try and get him this way, rather than trade for him. I don’t believe we will be a lottery team again at the end of the upcoming season, and therefore the picks won’t necessarily mean as much as they have in the past three drafts. and with a dollar value that isn’t outrageous, the compensation wouldn’t be that bad either. If Montreal were to match, then no team will get Subban for at least one season as Montreal would not be allowed to trade him for that long. This way no one else has the ability to get him (for a year anyways), as I’m sure Montreal would not want to trade him within the Eastern Conference, if given a choice.
The offer sheet mentioned above works under the assumption that Subban would want to come to Edmonton in the first place. If the Oilers were to trade for him, that issue is removed from the equation. I believe we have enough assets to get the job done. I would imagine for Montreal to make a deal they would want a Defenseman coming back the other way. I also think they may want to dump the Scott Gomez contract if possible. I don’t think I would make any deal that included Scott Gomez.
I could envision a deal that would send Ales Hemsky, & (insert D-Prospect here) or possibly a Theo Pekham & a 2nd round Draft Pick might get the deal done. If not, then I am sure we do have a package that could work, and i for one hope that GM Steve Tambellini explores any and all possibilities to try. I am not a huge Subban fan, but I am a fan of better defense here in Edmonton.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I would like to know what you think about trying to get P.K. Subban here in Edmonton. How would you approach it? What are you willing to give up or not give up to get him, and do you even want him here?? Silly trades that would see Horcoff & Vande Velde need not comment, I want your real thoughts on what you think is a good deal in a “Hockey” transaction.
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