The Montreal Canadiens tried to hedge their bets against P.K. Subban when they gave him a two-year bridge deal worth $5.75 million. Total. Not a year. Across two seasons. Can you imagine how big of a pay-day this kid is in for now? And the Canadiens will have no one to blame but themselves when he asks for north of $7 million.

That’s because they tried to play hard ball already. They forced Subban to holdout for the $5.75 million deal and didn’t think he was worth that kind of cash following one breakout season. Well, one Norris Trophy and a hot start this season later and it’s time for the Habs to buck up and pay Subaan his money.

No low balling. No and, ifs or buts. He’s not injury prone and he busts his tale on and off the ice.

On a nightly basis, Subban has been the best player for the Canadiens or the last two-plus seasons. Few defensemen can do what he can from the blue line, and if Montreal doesn’t want to make him one of the top-five highest pay defenders in the league then it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see someone else step in and name terms for them.