Report: P.K. Subban, Canadiens to begin negotiations in next week or two

Thomas Drance

Montreal Canadiens defesneman and reigning Norris trophy winner P.K. Subban is set to begin contract negotiations with the Canadiens in the next "week or two," according to TSN reporter Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie appeared on TSN690 in Montreal on Tuesday morning and broke down the reasons behind Subban's diminishing ice-time. "There's a lot of people who think it might contract-related," McKenzie said of the 'tough love' approach Subban is being treated to in Montreal in the early going this season.

After an extended stint on the power-play late in Tuesday night's game, Subban didn't play a shift at five-on-five in the final four minutes of the third-period. Subban is playing out the final year of a "bridge contract" that he signed in January of 2013, and will be eligible for arbitration this summer.

"It's a real interesting dynamic that all of this is happening a week or two before PK's representatives are about to start contract negotiations ... with the Montreal Canadiens," McKenzie opined.