the Devils indicate the price to pay

For almost three weeks, the name of PK Subban has been part of the rumor mill, without an indication of its value having circulated. Today, we learn how much a team must be ready to pay to get it.

According to news from The Athletic which was relayed by the Puck Report NHL page, the New Jersey Devils want to withhold half of their defender’s salary if another team wants to add him to their ranks.

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At 32, the former star of the Canadiens receives an annual salary of eight million dollars. By confirming they want to pay half of what’s left, the Devils increase their chances of finding a buyer.

In return, general manager Tom Fitzgerald gives interested teams two options. The former player converted to GM would accept a draft midfielder choice (so we are talking about a third or fourth round selection) or even a “level B hopeful”, which is about the same thing.

At the moment, the Devils hold nine turns in the next draft. Fitzgerald still has each of his own picks on hand (except the fifth-round pick), as well as two additional fourth-round picks (Oilers, Islanders) and one fifth-round pick (Blue Jackets).

Since they currently occupy the last rank (18-29-5, 41 PTS) in the Metropolitan Division, it is obvious that the Devils must now head towards a reconstruction. In fact, they are currently on track to acquire the fifth overall pick.

Chorologically speaking, Subban’s profile just doesn’t fit with this team anymore. It’s obvious.

PK Subban may have argued that “anything was possible” when talking about a potential return to Montreal, this kind of transfer would make no sense coming from Kent Hughes and his assistants. At 32, he will be looking to sign a lesser contract with a Stanley Cup contender, which the Canadiens are not at all.

In 49 games this season, the Toronto-born defenseman has three goals and 15 assists for a total of 18 points. That said, since he will become a free agent at the end of the current campaign, he may not even be traded.

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