If the Vancouver Canucks don’t get Jordan Subban signed by June 1, the 20-year-old defenseman (and brother to P.K. and Malcolm) will re-enter the draft.
That obviously wouldn’t be ideal for the Canucks, especially considering the lack of dynamic defensemen in the organization, not to mention their aging core of blue-liners.
And besides, a team never wants to waste a draft pick.
Subban, a fourth-round pick of the Canucks in 2013, finished his fourth season with OHL Belleville with 25 goals and 27 assists. While his size, or lack thereof, makes him anything but a sure thing to play regularly in the NHL one day, Vancouver GM Jim Benning will still have some questions to answer if a deal doesn’t get done.
PHT reached out to Subban’s agent, Mark Guy, for an update on the negotiations.
“All I can tell you at this stage is that we are continuing talks with the Canucks,” wrote Guy in an email.
Late last month, Benning said that he was “confident at the end of the day we’re going to get a deal done.”
But the question has to be asked — what’s the holdup?
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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action …
Canadiens at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
The Montreal Canadiens have won five of their last six games when facing elimination and will look to force a Game 7 in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a win tonight. The Bolt’s had the league’s best home record at 32-8-1 at Amalie Arena, but are 3-5 in the in the postseason.
The Habs are looking to become the fifth team in NHL history to battle back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Tampa will be without Ryan Callahan tonight. The Lightning forward underwent an emergency appendectomy on Monday.
Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones get coverage going with NHL Live at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti and Pierre McGuire have the call of Game 6.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said his team was an angry lot following a second straight loss to Montreal in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.
And you know what? He liked it.
“There was a difference in the room after we lost Game 4 (compared to) Game 5. It was a genuine pissed-off attitude when we lost Game 5,” Cooper said, per the Montreal Gazette. “I could just tell, there was nothing that really needed to be said. Guys were angry, it’s carried over.
“I like our mojo right now. I want to be an angry team.”
There were signs of Tampa Bay’s frustration immediately following Game 5. Goalie Ben Bishop called out his mates, saying “it’s tough when you only show up for half the game” while captain Steve Stamkos added “this one (stinks).”
And it’s easy to see why the Bolts are getting irate.
Carey Price has been tremendous over the last two games, stopping 46 of 49 shots (a .939 save percentage). But within those numbers lies a problem for Tampa Bay — its shot totals have been woefully low this series. After putting 35 on Price in the opener (which happened in double OT), they’ve since registered 24, 19, 24 and 25 shots in goal in the four subsequent games. For a team that led the NHL in goals per game during the regular season and averaged 29.6 shots per contest, it’s a pretty noticeable decline.
“We haven’t had our best stuff yet,” veteran forward Brenden Morrow told the Tampa Bay Times. “We still believe our best hockey matches up pretty good against other teams’ best hockey. We just have to find a way to muster it up.”
Fortunately for Tampa Bay, they’ve got an opportunity to “muster it up” at the friendly confines of Amalie Arena. The Bolts were an NHL-best 32-8-1 at home this year.