Both parties have drawn their lines in the sand, and now it’s up to an arbitrator to pick.

Defenceman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens went to a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday because of a salary impasse.

Subban is asking for $8.5 million US, while the Canadiens countered with $5.25 million. Regardless of the outcome, the process has become very personal, according Hockey Night commentators Elliotte Friedman.

He continues: Everyone tries to keep it professional, but it's hard. Lawyers are lawyers, they do this for a living, trying to be as dispassionate as possible. But for players — like Subban and Habs GM Marc Bergevin — this is harder. It's not what they are trained to do.

Here’s a video by Canadian Press hockey writer Stephen Whyno that shows a subdued Subban discussing his first – and hopefully last – arbitration hearing.

But how can Subban and Bergevin patch things up moving forward?

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