While we don't yet have confirmation that the meeting has begun, it should never have got this far, but the Montreal Canadiens and their star player P.K. Subban are headed into an arbitration hearing this morning after failing to agree to terms on a new contract.
We've been fairly calm about the process at EOTP, understanding that it's important for Marc Bergevin to be a tough negotiator and get Subban under contract for as good a deal as possible, but it's impossible to see this as anything other than a gigantic failure.
You don't play around with the future of your franchise over a few dollars, and that's exactly what this looks like. There is really no excuse for letting it get this far, and yet here we are.
The Canadiens and Subban still have until the arbitrator comes back with a salary figure to come to terms with their own deal, which could happen any time from an hour from now to 48 hours from now. The uncertainty is palpable.
UPDATE: Subban unhappy after three hours in arbitration.
Another break in the Subban arbitration hearing. P.K. did not look happy ... at all.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 1, 2014
Subban's arbitration hearing is over.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 1, 2014
Don Meehan tells Sportsnet that there are no plans to continue negotiating a long-term deal for Subban before the arbitrator's award.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 1, 2014