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Friedman: ‘I think the big game of chicken today’ is Bergevin and Chiarelli

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Elliotte Friedman was on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590 on Friday morning.

On what he’s been hearing on P.K. Subban:

“Well, I think there’s definitely something going on.

“Marc Bergevin did a scrum yesterday, and he did it in French first, and then he did it in English. Dan Rosen, who is one of the reporters for, he asked him, what was the word he used, ‘Is it reasonable to believe that there could be a P.K. Subban trade.’

“And Bergevin’s answer was, ‘No.’

“Oh, sorry. Was it ‘realistic a trade could happen.’

“Bergevin’s answer was, ‘No.’

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Do you believe him?

“Well, this is what I think. I think he’s saying it’s not realistic because he knows it’s a hard trade to do. Not because they’re not trying to do it.

“I think there’s a couple of factors here. No. 1, I don’t know how big the market is for P.K. – not because he’s not a good player that everybody would want, but because his contract is big. $9 million. For example, I’m sure the New York Rangers and P.K. Subban would be a perfect marriage, there’s just no chance that’s going to be able to happen. So I think it’s very limited.

“No. 2 – look, who can make this trade. Vancouver, as you guys hinted, Jim Benning, he’s in this. But let’s just say for example, what’s Vancouver’s best offer? Is it Chris Tanev, Bo Horvat, and the 5th overall pick? If Montreal does that, can you sell that, even if you get Pierre-Luc Dubois, who’s the player that Montreal wants.

“And the report yesterday was Edmonton at 4 was being asked for Draisaitl and the 4th pick. Well, I’ve been told it was more than that.

How much is more?

“I think there’s more players involved. Maybe a Klefbom, somebody else like that. Edmonton has just not been willing to do it. I think the big game of chicken today is Marc Bergevin and Peter Chiarelli. I think Edmonton would love to have Subban, but I think they’ve looked at the price as being overly-unrealistic. They haven’t been so far. And I’m curious to see if that changes today.

“So I think the reason he says it’s not realistic is not because he’s not trying to do it, it’s because he knows it’s a hard deal to make. Because he’s got to make a deal his fan base is going to be happy with, and I think the market is limited. Colorado, I think was in this, but I don’t think they like the contract, No. 1, and I don’t think that they could work out the players.

“So this is not an easy deal to make, and I think that’s why he says it might not be realistic.”

Source: Sportsnet 590/ Transcript: Nichols

Friedman: ‘I think the big game of chicken today’ is Bergevin and Chiarelli

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