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Habs ink P.K. Subban to three-year deal

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of defenceman P.K. Subban to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Subban was selected in the second round, 43rd overall by the Canadiens in 2007.

In 2008-09, Subban ranked tied for second among OHL defensemen with 76 points (14 goals, 62 assists) and posted the OHL’s fifth best plus/minus differential with a plus 47. Subban, who led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Championship (98 points), was runner-up for the Max Kaminsky Award as OHL's Most Outstanding Defenseman (awarded to Ryan Ellis from the Windsor Spitfires). The six-foot, 202-pound defenseman also captained the Eastern Conference Team in his second consecutive OHL All-Star appearance.

During the 2009 Playoffs, Subban, who will turn 20 this Wednesday, May 13, ranked fifth in the league among defensemen with 15 points in 17 games (3 goals, 12 assists), as the Bulls lost to the Brampton Battalion in the OHL Conference Finals.

Last January, the Toronto native won his second consecutive gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship, presented in Ottawa. Subban led all skaters in the tournament with a plus-12 rating and was tied for first among defensemen with nine points in six contests (3 goals, 6 assists).   

From 2005 to 2009, Subban amassed 191 points (42 goals, 149 assists), served 353 penalty minutes and posted a plus-79 rating in 234 regular-season games with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. He also played in 56 playoff contests with Belleville, compiling 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists), 78 penalty minutes, and a plus-24 rating.  

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