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Are the New York Rangers a Potential Suitor for P.K. Subban?

January 28th, 2013 at 12:25 PM
By PJ Foti

'PK Subban (2)' photo (c) 2010, Keith & Alyssa - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with with P.K. Subbans's agent Don Meehan for a meeting Friday, leading to plenty of speculation what may lie ahead for the young blue liner.

The two sides are still nowhere near a deal — Montreal is using Florida's defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (two years, $5 million) and New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto (two years, $5.1 million) as comparisons. That won't fly with Subban who is reportedly seeking a five-year $27.5 million deal at $5.5 million per season.

This drastic difference has caused trade rumors to surface, as it's possible those involved in Subban's camp may demand a trade out of Montreal.

If a trade were to happen, Detroit and Philadelphia would be the front runners, but don't be surprised if the Rangers dabble in the possibility of bringing Subban aboard.

Adding Subban would give the Rangers another offensive-minded defenseman and really improve their back end, which could help the team's odds at a Stanley Cup.

But could a potential deal even happen?

Prior to the lockout, the Rangers and Del Zotto went on for months in contract talks before finally settling on the current deal days after the lockout.

The Rangers are known for being stingy with young stars as they'd rather see the player perform consistently for a few years before handing him a lucrative contract, like Subban is seeking.

Also, who would the Rangers part with to land Subban? New York's offense has looked bad enough to start the season. Can they really afford to trade someone who could put the puck in the net for yet another defenseman?

Be afraid of the package the Rangers would need to put together for Subban — which could easily include both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller, along with others.

Although the rumors are out there, don't be shocked if Subban to New York is all talk. He really isn't the greatest fit as the Rangers' defense is already better than their offense.

Tags: Chris Kreider, Dmitry Kulikov, Don Meehan, Hockey, J.T. Miller, Marc Bergevin, Michael Del Zotto, Montreal Canadiens, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, P.K. Subban

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