Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pacioretty Out 3-4 Weeks, Subban Stalemate And More...

Good Morning Addicts!
Well I hope all you Habs fans out there have enjoyed to spoils of two straight victories because the good news never stays good for too long in Montreal.

On Friday I wrote that people should just relax over the whole Subban situation. I confidently stated that a deal would get done in the near future and that the Habs would not trade him. I'm not about to retract per say, but I must admit I am no longer as confident.

If online reports are accurate that the Canadiens are standing firm on their two year offer worth $5-$5.1M then it's not hard to understand why there hasn't been any resolve to the dispute as of yet.

Personally I think the Habs should offer somewhere around  $3.5-$4M over the two years. I can't imagine Subban would turn that down. It's also reported that Subban is looking for a contract closer to $5M per year over five years. I'm not sure I would hesitate to give him that If I were GM.

There are quite a few takes on the Subban situation in today's links and so I'll move on to more bad news.

Last night, Habs forwards Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.

Pacioretty's absence all but guarantee's that Alex Galchenyuk will remain with the team for the season. It's popular opinion online that Gally be slated on the top line along with David Desharnais and Erik Cole.

TSN reported yesterday however that Lars Eller would be filling the void on the team's top unit. I agree with that move and look forward to seeing Eller get the chance to play consistantly with capable linemates.

Eller will get his first shot on the first line tonight at 6:00pm as the Canadiens host the New Jersey Devils.

Gally will still recieve over ten minutes of ice time per game, including oppurtunites on the powerplay, and will not yet face the pressure of performing on the top line.

Habs And Hockey News

- Bruce Peter of Habs Eyes On The Prize takes a detailed look on whether or not P.K. Subban is worth $6M?

- TFP offers a few scenarios that may present themselves as this Subban stalemate continues.

- Fred Poulin (@FredPoulin98) takes a look at the emergence of Raphael Diaz.


Montreal is winning without Pk and what does this mean? He's not worth 5 million a season and shouldn't be paid. The facts are he was the #1 d man on a team that finished 15th place. He will no longer be #1 d. That belongs to Markov. He wants the generals money but won't be the general. For a guy who wants to stay in Montreal he is showing that he is classless and greedy and should sign a 2 year deal earn his money and get paid next time.

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