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Market for Subban heating up, even in Winnipeg

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07:40 AM ET 01.28 | A meeting between Montreal GM Marc Bergevin and agent Don Meehan hasn't cleared up the future of Habs blueliner P.K. Subban. The two sides have gotten nowhere and many wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a trade demand from the Subban camp in the near future. ... Sources say Bergevin used Florida D Dmitry Kulikov (two years, $5 million) and New York D Michael Del Zotto (two years, $5.1 million) as comparisons. That won't wash with Subban. If the Habs decide to deal Subban, Detroit, Philadelphia and the Rangers will make a push. But sources insist there is a surprise candidate that could have the assets to acquire Subban -- the Winnipeg Jets. League sources say GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wants to make a splash to get an impact player.

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January 28, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Subban strikes me as the kind of player who will never be happy where he is

January 28, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Subban strikes me as the kind of player who will never be happy where he is

And therefore why many teams should run the other way.

January 28, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Subban strikes me as the kind of player who will never be happy where he is

He strikes me as a 'pain in the ****.'

January 28, 2013  08:50 AM ET

The Flyers don't need him. They have a couple of good defensemen playing with the Phantoms. Better to call them up if needed.

January 28, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Subban strikes me as the kind of player who will never be happy where he is

And therefore why many teams should run the other way

He strikes me as a 'pain in the ****.'

all of these are exactly right.

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January 28, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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And not much else. I don't think he has a lot of support in the Habs dressing room.

But he has loads of support in Chez Hank.

January 28, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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all of these are exactly right.

All of these are the reasons I"m betting the Wings make a run at him...and he's going to be a problem...if he could straighten out he'd be an asset but I don't know if he's worth the problem

January 28, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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The Flyers don't need him. They have a couple of good defensemen playing with the Phantoms. Better to call them up if needed.

Its funny how that makes so much sense, but it seems the teams would rather trade their own talent for somebody elses question mark.

January 28, 2013  09:30 AM ET

I dont get how he can be tradeable. The other teams wont want to pay the kind of salary he wants. Give up assets and then give him big bucks? I see him missing this year.

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January 28, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Somebody will pay. A first round pick by a contending team would probably be enough, maybe a lower prospect for good measure. If he truly winds up being Chelios 2.0, he's worth the cash.

I agree, especially the "if" part. If Montreal can get a 1st & 2nd rounder for him, get rid of him. In a new environment, with the right coaching, Subban could be a great aquisition. Signing & staying in Montreal could prove detrimental. He may have burnt some bridges in the dressing room.

January 28, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Somebody will pay. A first round pick by a contending team would probably be enough, maybe a lower prospect for good measure. If he truly winds up being Chelios 2.0, he's worth the cash.

a first round pick from a team in the playoff hunt will not be sufficient to land Subban. Prospect or not.

January 28, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Its funny how that makes so much sense, but it seems the teams would rather trade their own talent for somebody elses question mark.

Potential short term gain trumps long term success every time.

January 28, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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All of these are the reasons I"m betting the Wings make a run at him...and he's going to be a problem...if he could straighten out he'd be an asset but I don't know if he's worth the problem

the wings are going to trade for a guy that wants to be amongst the top paid defensemen on the league, despite having nothing on his resume that indicates that he should be making that kind of coin? I don't think so.

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January 28, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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the wings are going to trade for a guy that wants to be amongst the top paid defensemen on the league, despite having nothing on his resume that indicates that he should be making that kind of coin? I don't think so.

I concur.

It's a different Holland that smokes a lot of dope.

January 28, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Although I still think the Monster pickup had something to do with a bong.

January 28, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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So, let me understand - Montreal doesn't think he's worth top D money, but won't let him go for less than a top D package?

nice.....

 
January 28, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Somebody will pay. A first round pick by a contending team would probably be enough, maybe a lower prospect for good measure.

The Habs are looking for the NHL version of the Oakland Raiders

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