July 27, 2014 10:17 am
Updated: July 27, 2014 11:31 am

P.K. Subban stays mum on contract negotiations


MONTREAL – Star defenceman P.K. Subban is keeping quiet about negotiations on a new contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Subban is scheduled to go to arbitration on Friday unless he can ink a new deal with the club before then.

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“I’ll answer one question about the negotiation: It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal’s done,” he said Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal.

“As of right now, I’m just trying to enjoy the day and not think of anything.”

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No matter how often he was asked in a scrum with media, there was no news on how much money the 2013 Norris Trophy winner is seeking or whether he wants a short or long-term deal.

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It may end up being among the richest contracts in the league, considering that the NHL salary cap will rise substantially next season and perhaps again the year after that.

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“There’s a lot of things on my mind,” he said.

“First of all, I love golf. My favourite now is Graeme McDowell. I hope he picks it up here and pulls out a win for me. We had a great dinner last night. He’s also represented by RBC. That has taken my focus off a lot of things, not just contractual or hockey things.”

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He applauded the deal the Canadiens signed this week with centre Lars Eller a day before he was scheduled to go to arbitration.

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Eller, after an ordinary regular season and a strong playoffs, inked a four-year US$14 million contract.

“He deserves it,” said Subban. “He’s played well and he’s a big part of our team.”

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Subban, who helped Canada to hockey gold at the Sochi Games in February, took part in a chipping contest with fellow Olympic athletes Brad Jacobs, a curling gold medallist, and snowboarder Caroline Calve.

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“This is probably the shortest summer I’ve ever had because of how far we went in the playoffs,” said Subban, whose team reached the Eastern Conference final.

“But it’s a good thing because you know the season’s close to starting. I think it’s 74 days before puck drops. I’m trying to enjoy the summer but the hard training has already started.”

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