Are you seeing the pattern yet? Max Pacioretty gets a six year deal at what might, in the long run, be one of hockey’s great bargains. Carey Price will be with the hockey club until at least 2018. So will Josh Gorges. Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque, Brandon Prust and Travis Moen are under contract until 2016.
Consistancy is what is clearly needed to build a successful franchise in any team sport. One need only cast a glance at the Detroit Red Wings for affirmation of that theory.
The Canadiens front office finds iitself in the position of now having seven of it’s players locked up for the next four seasons or more and at the end of the coming season they currently have only four players who will qualify for unrestricted free agency; Colby Armstrong, Petteri Nokelainen, Francis Bouillon and goaltender Peter Budaj.
Pacioretty will be paid 1.65 million dollars for the coming season and then 4.5 million for each of the six seasons of the contract extension which means he is contracted for the next seven years.
I think it’s safe to say, if a thirty-plus goalscorer with forty goal potential can command that on a long term contract, it is probably the same situation in which P.K. Subban would like to find himself. And I have no doubt that Subban along with his agent Don Meehan have gone to school on the Pacioretty deal.
I’ve written here many times that, while money always plays an important role, the key ingredient not only for Subban but for the Canadiens is length of contract and the security it supplies on both sides of the ledger. If he is convinced that Subban has the ability to be one of his franchise players, Habs GM Marc Bergevin would surely be interested in a long term deal to further stabilize the future.
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey has another take on the Subban negotiation. Hickey thinks, while Subban might be thinking long-term, the Canadiens could be wanting to assess his talents further before committing to a multi year contract.
Subban is coming out of a three-year, entry-level contract, and the Canadiens would like to see him sign a short-term deal. This is the same scenario the club followed with Pacioretty and goaltender Carey Price, who signed a six-year deal this summer.
From Canadiens Publicity Department
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the signing of forward Max Pacioretty to a six-year contract extension (2013-14 to 2018-19). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Pacioretty, 23, completed his fourth season in the NHL in 2011-12, leading the team in scoring with a personal career-high of 65 points. He ranked second on the team in goals (33) and third in assists (32). He finished fourth in the NHL in even strength goals (29). In 79 games last season Pacioretty scored five winning goals and totaled 286 shots on goal (tied for 10th in the NHL). The forward served 56 penalty minutes, maintained a +2 plus/minus differential and recorded 104 hits, while playing an average of 18:15 per game.
Pacioretty was the 2011-12 recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy in the NHL, a true example of perseverance, determination and dedication to the game. He returned to action in 2011-12 after missing the team’s last 15 regular season games and the playoffs in 2010-11, with a fractured neck and a concussion suffered on March 8, 2011 against Boston. Pacioretty launched the Max Pacioretty Foundation, to help the Montreal General Hospital Foundation raise the funds needed towards acquiring a Functional MRI machine (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for the Traumatic Brain Injury Centre at the MGH/MUHC.
Since 2008-09, Pacioretty has registered 114 points (53 goals, 61 assists) in 202 NHL regular-season games. The 6’2’’, 210 lbs left winger has recorded 142 penalty minutes. Pacioretty has scored 12 of his goals on the powerplay and added seven game winning goals.
A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, Pacioretty was drafted in the first-round, 22nd overall by the Canadiens at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. On March 8, 2012, he became the first American-born player in team history to reach the 30-goal plateau in one season, scoring in an empty net against the Oilers in Edmonton.