TSN is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban are still very far apart in the process of settling his contract dispute. “I think ultimately it is heading toward a trade” said TSN’s Hockey Insider Bob Mackenzie.
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No team in the league is as desperate for help on the backend as the Red Wings. Many concerns have been raised about the lack of depth on Detroit’s blueline and that’s with a healthy roster.
Now, three games into the season defensemen: Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl, and Carlo Colaiacovo have all gone down with injuries and the Wings have been left with a depleted defense core.
A trade for Subban would certainly inject some life into a Detroit team that is in search of a spark. Subban’s most productive year came in the 2010-2011 season when he put up 14 goals and 24 assists in 77 regular seasons games.
But, his 2009-2010 playoff performance with the Canadiens is what pushed P.K. into the national spotlight. Subban was arguably Montreal’s best defenseman in their run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Subban is a gifted offensive talent and would most definitely improve a Red Wings powerplay that has sputtered early in the season. Add to that his powerful slapshot and his smooth skating ability and the sky is the limit for P.K. in the winged wheel.
Nevertheless, his play in his own end remains a problem. But, at only 23 year old, and under the tutelage of Coach Mike Babcock, Subban would develop in all aspects of his game.
However, Subban won’t come on the cheap. GM Ken Holland will likely have to part with some proven NHL talent such as Valtteri Filppula or Johan Franzen. At the very least Subban would warrant a significant package of prospects and draft picks going the other way. But, unlike a number of teams in the league in need of a defenseman the Wings have plenty of cap space available to bring in Subban.
Considering the disastrous state of the Red Wing defense now would be an opportune time for Holland and company to pull the trigger on a blockbuster move for one of the most talented young defenseman in the game.