The Montreal Canadiens and standout defenseman P.K. Subban remain a significant distance apart on contract negotiations, which isn’t exactly good news for the Habs with a 48-game season starting on Saturday.
What do the fans think about the Subban Standoff? Many of the 17,000 fans at Bell Centre on Thursday night for the red vs. white intrasquad scrimmage let their opinions be known with a deafening protest chant during the second period: “WE WANT P.K.!”
Yes, that was the theme from “The Price Is Right” playing right after the P.K. Subban protest chant. Which is either an amazingly shrewd commentary on the intricacies of the restricted free-agent negotiating process, or a pre-planned audio drop-in that honored goalie Carey Price. One of the two.
Business was good at the Habs Zone store where all Bleu-Blanc-Rouge merchandise was 50 per cent off on game day, helping some fans gear up for a shortened season. For some, one thing is still missing.
“PK's gotta get signed, 100 per cent other than that, can't wait,” said one fan, alluding to favourite player P.K. Subban.
During the game’s second period, fans chanted “We want P.K.” The unsigned player wasn’t at the game due to prolonged contract negotiations.
Sigh … if only someone would step up with an offer sheet. And if only that person’s name rhymed with “Nave Donis,” so we could really have some fun.