Canadiens vs. P.K. Subban: What’s next?

Now that both defenceman P.K. Subban and the Monteal Canadiens have presented their arbitration cases, can the two sides patch things up moving forward? Vote in our poll.

Can the two sides patch things up?

Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban is in a contract stalemate with the organization and the situation is worsening by the day. (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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