There were basically three types of responses to P.K. Subban’s mammoth eight-year, $72 million extension on Saturday:
1) Those spouting “That’s way too much money” while critiquing the player and/or the deal.
2) More than a few people who believe that Subban is worth every penny.
3) Those who praised other deals as huge bargains in hindsight. (Erik Karlsson’s name came up a lot there.)
The third consideration probably brings up the most interesting – and healthiest – discussions. By receiving that ransom at 25, Subban sets a new bar for blueliners in much the same way that forwards have a new ceiling to shoot for following dual $10.5 million marks for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Ignoring the many contextual factors that went into this deal as compared to the contracts owned by his elite peers – from a rising salary cap to a new CBA – how does…
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