• Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Arbitration is a mess for the team. You have to get in front of the board and your player and tell everyone why he’s not as good as he thinks he is. Your player gets up and tells everyone what a tight ass you are, and likely how your system is holding him back from even greater things.

    Even if arbitration rules in your (management’s) favor, the relationship is damaged and the guy is likely gone the following year.

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    • The Nutbrown Hare

      Funny arbitration stories…

  • The Nutbrown Hare

    I can’t wait for the future ‘Chicago Hockey People’ article featuring Johnny’s Ice House owner Tom Moro and his GM, Kevin Rosenquist.

  • ToucanStubbs

    To understand the current offers from each side of the Subban negotiations, you have to look at term to reconcile them. The clubs “low-ball” offer was for 1 year only, not coincidentally his final RFA year. Subban’s was for multiple years, cutting into his UFA years. Obviously, you have to pay more to keep the UFA in town than you do to hang on to the RFA who really has no choice.

    They aren’t insulting him, they’re giving him an offer that make sense in the context of term and basically saying “Look, we want you here and you want to be here, but the exact details are going to take some time to work out. You can’t go anywhere else this next season so here’s a serious raise and lets use this next year to really hash this all out.”

    And let’s remember, if they have elected for arbitration, he can’t be offer sheeted so PK really can’t go anywhere else. If he wants to play next year, he has to accept their shorter term deal or he’ll get to hold out and likely damage his open market value. Personally, I never thought they would end up going to arbitration, however it looks like they have. I’m not sure exactly of the process but I expect the end result will likely be similar to the offer Montreal made in the first place, maybe 6m for 1 year.

    • ahnfire

      They already lowballed him with his previous deal which was considered a “bridge deal”, where it was 2yr at 2.875 AAV – during which he won the Norris trophy. And now that deal ends, they lowball him with 1yr 5.75? While having 11M in cap space w/22 players signed? That’s insulting.

      Yes, if you look at this salary negotiation in a vacuum, this is probably a good bargaining tactic. However, a good negotiator that considers all the aspects, including past and future implications. This is great for the arbitration, but you’re basically leaving burning your bridges.

      PK elected for arbitration, not the team. They chose a one year deal, knowing they get to do this ALL OVER again as an RFA. So yea, this is MTL trying to force a second low-ball bridge deal, focusing only on their bottom line. They’re relying heavily on PK’s loyalty to the Habs organization.

      To me, PK going to arbitration says to me that PK wants to stay a Hab and be paid his value. MTL is saying we’re going to keep you as long as we can for as cheap as possible because we don’t care about keeping you long-term. I would not be surprised if PK signs an offer sheet next year.