Canadiens' P.K. Subban to make season debut Saturday against Sabres

Bruce Bennett

The Canadiens defenseman will play his first game after signing a two-year contract earlier in the week.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will make his 2013 season debut on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced on Twitter Saturday morning.

Subban was involved in a lengthy contract negotiation with the Canadiens that carried into the start of the 2013 season following the end of the NHL lockout on Jan. 6. The talented defenseman reportedly was seeking a long-term contract similar to that of the six-year, $23.8 million deal signed by John Carlson of the Washington Capitals.

The Canadiens and Subban agreed to a two-year, $5.75 million deal on Monday.

The 23-year old has been one of the brighter young defensemen in the NHL, putting up 38 and 36 points, respectively, in his first two full NHL seasons. With the Canadiens playing in a different system under new coach Michel Therrien, Subban was not able to jump right into the lineup with Habs after signing.

Subban skated on the third pairing in practice with Francis Bouillon.

The Canadiens also stated that Max Pacioretty, who underwent an appendectomy less than a week ago, will remain out of the lineup.

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