Pay dat man hees money

It must suck to be PK Subban right now – or Jamie Benn, or Ryan O’Reilly.

These guys ride out the lockout, only to have hockey come back, but their teams are then unwilling to sign them.

Don’t worry, we can all still blame Gary Bettman for this somehow, I’m sure. But that’s neither here, nor there at this point.

PK probably banked a little coin doing his Sportsnet TV spots, so I’m sure he’s not too strapped for cash yet, but at some point he’s going to need to paid, so let’s figure out just what he should earn.

Here’s PK’s last two years with the Habs (which other than two games in 09/10 is all of his NHL experience):

Games

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

2010-11

77

14

24

38

124

-8

2011-12

81

7

29

36

119

9

 

Here’s a mystery player’s numbers from last year:

Games

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

2011-12

82

12

26

38

39

-7

 

Those look an awful lot like PK’s numbers!?

But it gets better… the mystery player’s contract is seven years, with a $4.35M/yr cap hit.

The mystery player is also Jack Johnson. Aside from a bit more time in the box those two are carbon copies.

Now, it’s not Montreal’s fault that some irrational GM came along set the bar too high for average defensemen like Jack Johnson. But if there’s one thing I’ve come to understand about the business of hockey today, it’s that there are lots of idiot GMs out there running up the market value for average players.

Now, of course there are other case studies. Michael Del Zotto posted a nice year last year:

Games

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

2011-12

77

10

31

41

36

20

 

In the end, he settled for a two-year deal with a $2.5M cap hit, but he also split 2010-2011 between the AHL and NHL.

Plus, you could argue PK has a bit more pedigree than Del Zotto what with being an OHL standout, World Junior player, and an NHL All-Star. Being the face of the Canadiens’ marketing campaign doesn’t hurt either.

The other thing is PK should get paid now and get paid a lot if he can. These guy’s careers can be lost to freak injuries in an instant (see: Trent McCleary), so it’s always better to pull a DiPietro and cash in early.

So, stick to your guns PK.

Montreal, we get it. It’s a bit unfortunate for sure, you don’t have to like the market rate for top four defensemen, but at some point it looks like you are going to have to “pay dat man hees money”.

 

Or trade him, I guess.

The Vodka Diaries

Not Mikhail Grigorenko.

It’s always hilarious hearing quotes from Russian hockey players translated into English.

An article from rt.com has a great one from Mikhail Grigorenko reacting to news that a coach of a local club in Ufa called out the junior team for partying too much.

“Who is he? A coach? Of what club? Tolpar? Never heard of such!”

Classic.

Not giving the kid a hard time or anything, because Russian doesn’t exactly translate that well to English. I mean, they don’t even use articles, like ‘the’… but it’s still a funny one nonetheless.

But back to the bigger issue. Were Russian players legitimately out late partying before the gold medal game? If so, get a grip, you boozehounds. There’s plenty of time to drink your face off when you get the win.

Update:

Some sleuthing around the internet (read: Wikipedia) has led me to a discovery. Tolpar Ufa is in fact a real hockey team. They seem to be playing in an OHL-like junior league, founded in 2009 (this could explain why Grigorenko was unaware of them). They also appear to be the farm team (of sorts) for Salavat Ufa of the KHL.