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Canadiens re-sign Subban

P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
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According to TSN on Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Canadian Olympic gold medalist P.K. Subban to an eight year deal worth $72 million. Subban, an elite National Hockey League defenseman from Toronto, Ontario won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Subban was a restricted free agent after he made $2.9 million last season. On Friday, the Montreal Canadiens met with Subban's agent Don Meehan and an arbitrator for four hours. The arbitrator was going to make a ruling by Sunday, however she did not need to make her ruling because on Saturday, the Canadiens and Meehan agreed to an extensive contract.

Subban's finest National Hockey League season came in 2013, when he won the Norris Trophy for the NHL's top defenseman. In the lockout shortened 48 game schedule, Subban had 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points in only 42 regular season games. Subban was also a career high +12.

In the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Subban was a major reason why the Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2010. He posted career highs in playoff goals (five), playoff assists (nine) and playoff points (14). However the Canadiens seemed to lose confidence in the Eastern Conference Finals when goaltender Carey Price was injured in game one, and the Canadiens lost in six games to the New York Rangers.

One thing Subban will have to work on more will be his defensive zone coverage. The primary reason why he was on the Canadian national men's hockey team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was because of his outstanding slapshot and skill on the power play, not so much for his play in his own zone. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Subban only played in one game and it came in Canada's 6-0 win over Austria in the round robin.