Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, while Montreal is offering $5.2 million.
Subban's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The Canadiens are seeking to pay Subban $5.25 million. Subban is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.
Currently, three NHL defensemen make over $8 million per season: Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators ($14 million), Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild ($11 million) and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs ($8 million).
"I'll answer one question about the negotiation: It's been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it's going to remain that way until a deal's done," Subban said last weekend.
Subban, who won the Norris Trophy in 2012 as the league’s top defensive player, also contributed offensively for Montreal, scoring 10 goals and recording 43 assists in 82 games. He scored 14 points in 17 games during the team’s playoff run, which ended with a six-game loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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