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Blackhawks: Signing P.K Subban

P.K. Subban - Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils
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There is no debate that defensemen PK Subban will be leaving the New Jersey Devils following 3 seasons with them. In those 3 seasons, Subban played 189 games and had 59 points while adding 187 penalty minutes. His cap hit was exactly $9 Million, and some argue that this might be the worst contract in the NHL. With that being said, he is still a world class talent that can provide a solid 2 way game wherever he plays. We saw his prime in his time with Montreal, and his cup final run with the Nashville Predators.

Subban won the Norris Trophy in 2013 as the leagues best defensemen, he is a 3 time all star, was an AHL all star and an OHL all star. In 2018, Subban was nominated for the Norris trophy but didn't win. With his prime well behind him, it's time for him to accept his role as a veteran player that provides a solid game in the bottom 4, as a leader in the dressing room that younger guys look up too and want to model their game after.

Subban is well known for his social media presence where he showcases his training and workout videos, and shows the rest of the world just how outgoing of a human being he is. With just one meeting with him, it's easy to see why his teammates love him. He has been spoken about as a vocal leader who pushes the people around him to be the best players they can be and work the hardest they can, but also has a lighter side that he showcases more often to the public.

Should the Blackhawks sign him?

Subban is one of my favorite players, so seeing him in a Blackhawks jersey would be extremely cool. With that being said, if the Blackhawks pursue him they can't overpay. I know I sound like a broken record because I've said that same thing about every potential free agent target I've talked about. But it's true, coming off of a $9 Million dollar contract, he's still going to be looking for a decent pay. If the team can lock him up for 2-3 years with no more than $2.25M a season, I like the idea of bringing him in.

Putting him alongside Jake McCabe or even Alex Vlasic could be beneficial for either one of them. Learning from and playing with a guy who has a resume as long and as impressive as Subban's would be great for their development. Subban also adds the ability to play on the powerplay with a bullet of a shot. Running PP2 could help that unit become just as successful as PP1.

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