For the Montreal Canadiens, this offseason will be about getting to the next step, and they must decide what to do with P.K. Subban. After falling to the New York Rangers in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Canadiens have a lot of questions to answer, and they don’t have a lot of cap space to answer those questions.
While he may be a fan “favourite,” the reigning Norris Trophy winner is in line for a very big raise, and Montreal should at least think about moving him. I’m only saying this because he could bring the Canadiens some very talented parts for the future. With the NHL Draft coming up, Subban could be a great player to add to any possible trade ideas.
Here’s a thought: Montreal attempts to move Subban to Edmonton as part of a package and get the Oilers’ first-round pick. That would move the Canadiens from bottom third of the draft to the number three spot. Edmonton is in need of a big time defenseman, and adding Subban would give them some instant credibility within their fan base.
For Montreal fans, this may seem like a really dumb idea, but your team just fell apart when it mattered most, and your scorers forgot how to score. Okay, I know Henrik Lundqvist went into super goalie mode, but think about this: You had the talent to get to the Conference Finals, and now you have a top three draft pick. You could bring in an elite scorer, under a rookie contract. That could set you up for another five to eight years.
It’s a matter of addition by subtraction, and I think this idea should at least be thought about in the Canadiens front office. The Canadians have 11 RFA/UFA’s that need to be signed or moved, and their projected cap space is $35,916,667 before signing anyone. If they want to bring the Stanley Cup home to Canada, hard choices need to be made.