P.K. Subban takes significant blow on free agent market

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P.K. Subban became an unrestricted free agent on July 13 and since then, he remains unsigned. Subban’s agent is adamant that the defenseman is looking to play in the NHL in 2022-23 and that he will make a decision on where that will be soon, however, he also revealed to the Montreal Gazette that significant obstacles are in his client’s way.
And that has to be tough to swallow for Subban.

Agent Don Meehan informed the Montreal Gazette that there has been some interest for the veteran blue liner, however, his services are not a priority out there…

“Some of these issues are in play as we speak, so I can’t get a definitive response from some teams in terms of moving ahead, but I have had expressions of interest for him to date. But the teams that have expressed interest aren’t in a position to contract now because they’ve got other things in play.”

It was reported in late July that New Jersey Devils might still be considering taking him back and there are rumours that the Montreal Canadiens could be in the mix as well. However, sources have told Montreal Hockey Now that the Habs are not one of the teams.

There was a sense that there could be some interested from the Toronto Maple Leafs, which got fans and maybe even Subban himself dreaming of playing for his hometown team with his buddy John Tavares. However Toronto signed two free agent blue liners in Victor Mete and Jordie Benn, making the move almost impossible at this point.

With the Devils in 2019-20, he wasn’t the offensive blue liner fans knew him to be, putting up 18 points in 68 games of the COVID-shortened season. He sort of bounced back the following season, putting up 19 points in 44 games, and last year, he had 22 points in 77 games.

No he’s hearing that teams prefer to focus on other things first than him and that’s got to hurt.