SUBBAN MCLEANSFrom the first exhibition game he played with the Canadiens we knew P.K. Subban was an electifying personality.  And in the four years since, all he has done is build on it.

And now, as the Canadiens are trying to figure a salary figure that is acceptable for his next five to eight years of an already spectacular career, Subban is MacLean’s magazine’s poster boy for Canada Day.

In their news release Friday, the McLeans PR department promoted their cover  –

During the making of this issue, we spent time with P.K. Subban. The son of Caribbean immigrants, and one of three brothers drafted into the NHL, hockey’s most dynamic player was front and centre in the Montreal Canadiens’ deep run in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. As our cover suggests, he kicked back poolside with Maclean’s to reflect on summer, family, hockey and country.

I’ve always thought that on the ice Andrei Markov has been the Canadiens smartest player. Off the ice, Subban has carving out a spot for himself as the team’s most thoughtful. – dare I say, the most intelligent.

He’s had his growing pains but at the age of 25 one need only look at they way he diffused the racist stuff during this year’s Boston series to understand that there is a deeper understanding of human nature than what we generally see in most NHL dressing rooms.  A little more of that depth from Subban in the  MacLean’s interview.

My parents used to tell me something I now know to be true: Canada is completely different from the United States. The U.S. is great—a lot of people like living there because it’s a bigger market. But there’s just something about Canada, a character; an understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong. In the U.S., there are so many conflicting opinions about how to conduct yourself as a community and as a people. It just seems like a hectic environment. Canada gave my family an opportunity to be successful, and that’s all you can ask for. It’s up to you to take advantage of it

For P.K.’s entire MacLean’s essay click here.

A little more on the Subban contract negotiation from  Not so sure Ryan Lambert’s  theory on the ten percent of total salary cap will hold up when we know where it’s headed the next five years, but he has some interesting points.  Lambert thinks Subban will settle for around 7.6 million a year over a  long term deal.  If that’s the case, then Dion Phaneuf at 7 million a year, is the NHL’s  most overpaid player.