There are some signings that a general manager makes that don’t need a tremendous amount of discussion with his team owner. If Marc Bergevin wants to throw $850,000 at Manny Malhotra, we’re sure Geoff Molson wasn't burning the midnight oil going over faceoff stats from the AHL Charlotte Checkers.

But P.K. Subban is going to make $72 million over the next eight years as an employee of the Montreal Canadiens. That Molson would take an active role in those negotiations is understandable, logical and in the end not all that out of line with what’s expected from an NHL team owner that doubles as the franchise’s president.

Ted Leonsis negotiated Alex Ovechkin’s 2008 contract. Jeff Vanderbeek was active in the New Jersey Devils’ acquisition and subsequent contract debacle with Ilya Kovalchuk. Ed Snider was an aggressive catalyst for the Flyers acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov, even if he’s revised his role a bit in the aftermath.

And so it goes with many, many NHL owners. And so it went with Molson, who was the final word on the when and "how much" for P.K. Subban’s contract.