It looks like Bruins fans will get to enjoy many more years of booing their favorite player to hate.
The Canadiens announced on Saturday that they had reached a deal with P.K. Subban on a contract to keep the defenseman in Montreal for the next eight seasons.
The financial terms of the deal were not announced, but reports say that the contract is worth a total of $72 million, paying an average annual salary of $9 million. Subban and the Canadiens underwent an arbitration hearing on Friday after failing to reach a deal earlier in the offseason. The contract will keep Subban under the Habs control through the 2021-22 season.
The 25-year-old has been Public Enemy No. 1 for B’s fans since he joined the Habs full time in 2010-11, developing a fierce personal rivalry with many Bruins players, most notably Brad Marchand.
He was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the 43d overall pick.
Subban has been a strong offensive player during his four-year NHL career, scoring 42 goals and tallying 125 assists in 284 regular season games. Subban also has 43 games of NHL playoff experience, totaling 10 goals and 20 assists.
He was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 2013 and was named a first-team All-Star that same season.