MONTREAL — With his salary arbitration hearing less than a week away, P.K. Subban declined to comment at the RBC Canadian Open about his contract negotiations with the Canadiens.
“I’ll answer one question about the negotiation,” he told reporters on Saturday during an appearance at the golf tournament for RBC. “It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal is done.
“As of right now today I’m sitting here and trying to just enjoy the day. Just not thinking about anything.”
A restricted free agent, Subban is coming off a deal that paid him $5.75 million over two years. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman after the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and is expected to get a big pay hike.
The arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Subban, who is sponsored by RBC, was more expansive on the topic of golf. He received some tips for his game at Royal Montreal on Saturday from Peter Kostis, the CBS Sports on-course golf reporter, in a filmed segment.
“I thought that it was a great lesson, really,” Subban said. “He showed me a few adjustments with my stance. And a couple of things with my hands and also a couple of adjustments that I should make to my golf clubs. I learned a lot.
“I’ve never really had a golf coach kind of break down my swing and give me tips so I was soaking in everything.”
While he isn’t an avid golfer, Subban likes the game.
“I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to get out on the course, really,” he said.
“I got out about 15, 16 times one summer. Now, I’d be lucky to get out three or four times a summer,” added Subban, who mostly golfs in charity tournaments.
His golf game is “good once I play a little bit,” he said. “I don’t play enough to be consistent enough. It’s a tough sport when you don’t play a lot.”
He was probably shooting 80 at one point, but “I’m not even close to that now,” he said, adding he’d probably shoot over 100.
Subban’s busy schedule Saturday included appearing in a skit at Just For Laughs in the evening with gala host Seth Rogen.
“No, I haven’t rehearsed it so it’s going to be interesting to kind of see what happens tonight,” he said in the afternoon.
The 25-year-old defenceman started watching golf because of Tiger Woods “and what he did for the sport.”
Subban added: “Watching him take a sport — it was a gentleman’s game and it still is — but to add that sort of excitement, that element to it. And I think you’re seeing a lot of young golfers come in and still bring that sort of passion and that element to the game that he brought. I still think he’s got a lot of golf left.”
Asked how his summer training was going, Subban said: “Awesome.”
“This is probably the shortest summer I’ve ever had, you know, in terms of how deep we went into the playoffs.
“It’s been a short summer, but by the same token that’s a good thing because you know that the season is close to starting.
“I think it’s 74 days until puck drop for the regular season. Just trying to enjoy a little bit of my summer, but the hard training has already started and it will probably continue for the next little while.”
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