NHL Notes: Habs extend P.K. Subban for 8 years

NHL Notes: Habs extend P.K. Subban for 8 years
August 2, 2014, 3:15 pm
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P.K. Subban's eight-year, $72 million contract makes him the highest paid defenseman in the NHL. (USA Today Images)

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenseman P.K. Subban on an eight-year deal.

A day after an arbitration hearing that would have led to a one-year contract, the team and Subban reached accord Saturday on a long-term arrangement.

Subban, who already has a Norris Trophy and Olympic gold medal, would be under contract through the age of 33. He had 10 goals and 43 assists last season, and has 42 goals and 125 assists in his NHL career.

"We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice.

"Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL."

Lightning: Ben Bishop given 2-year extension
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension.

The team announced the signing Saturday.

Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, went 37-14-7 with a 2.23 goals-against-average in 63 games. He set team records for single-season wins and goals-against average.

Bishop has played in 108 games with the Lightning, Ottawa and St. Louis, going 55-31-11 with eight shutouts.

The extension runs through the 2016-17 season.

Ducks: Former Flyer Maroon re-signed for 3 years
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have signed Patrick Maroon to a three-year contract extension after the left wing's breakout season.

The Ducks also signed first-round pick Nick Ritchie on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Maroon scored 29 points in 62 games with the Ducks last season, his first full NHL season. His new deal is worth a reported $6 million and runs through 2018, rewarding the tough forward for years of perseverance in the minors.

"It means the world to me," Maroon said in a phone interview. "It's been a tough road for me. There's a lot of ups and downs in hockey, but the Anaheim Ducks gave me a lot of confidence."

Maroon was a frequent healthy scratch early last season, but he cemented his spot in coach Bruce Boudreau's lineup in January, even earning playing time on the Pacific Division champions' top line with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"I think after the Olympic break, I came back with an attitude to prove to myself that I can stay," Maroon said. "It just came, and Bruce gave me all the confidence in the world. Bruce has been good to me."

Maroon added seven points and 38 penalty minutes in the postseason. His six-game postseason scoring streak was the NHL's longest by a rookie since Los Angeles' Warren Rychel in 1993 (see full story).

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