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?