#9 P.K. Subban
Born: Toronto, Ontario
Position: Right Defense
Expiring Contract: $9 million AAV
P.K. Subban is a proud Toronto boy who has already had his big payday. Could he take a hometown discount to make a run at his first Stanley Cup with his local team?
He’s definitely not worth $9 million per season anymore, and he hasn’t been great since joining the New Jersey Devils three seasons ago, but at the right price, it might be worth taking a chance on the former Norris trophy winner and three-time Norris finalist.
I don’t think the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to throw a bunch of cash Subban’s way, but if he takes a giant cut to come home, the Leafs might get a great deal on a player who might just need a spark from a competitive team to bounce back.
Where Subban would fit on the Leafs blueline really depends on who returns to the team. I could see him on the third pairing playing a similar part as Zach Bogosian’s role a couple season’s ago. He could elevate his game on his new team though and earn more ice time.
It’s Subban’s first time being an unrestricted free agent, so it might be the first time we see where he really wants to play. At 33 years old, he’ll probably want to go to a contender before his cup chances are over. He’s also good friends with captain, John Tavares.