May 13, 2018 | 9:30pm ET
COULD SUBBAN GET MOVED AGAIN?
P.K. Subban, defenceman
It has been nearly two years since the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators shook the hockey world with a blockbuster deal that sent P.K. Subban to the Preds for Shea Weber on June 29, 2016.
The dust as long settled on that deal, but the talk of the monumental trade still goes on in Montreal.
Subban quickly became a fan favourite in Nashville, like he was in Montreal, and seems to have found a home there. Or has he?
Less than 24 months following the mega deal, rumours have started to swirl over Subban’s future with the Predators. Following the team’s second-round exit to the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville believed to be willing to entertain calls on Subban.
During a Sunday morning segment on TSN 690 in Montreal with Matthew Ross, TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported he wouldn’t be surprised if Subban’s named popped up in trade speculation and discussions this off-season.
Subban may have already been brought up in conversation with other teams, and those discussions could return this summer, perhaps closer to the NHL Draft in Dallas.
Furthering speculation, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Friday on “Boom & Warrener in the Morning” on Sportsnet The Fan 960 in Calgary that Subban was in play for Matt Duchene after he was acquired from the Habs, back when the Predators tried to acquire him from Colorado.
“I would say there’s always a chance because one thing I’ve really learned over the last couple of years is that how many really untouchable players are there in this league,” Friedman said during his interview. “There’s Crosby. There’s McDavid. Who else is there . . . I mean maybe 10. Could you name 10?
“I think these guys (General Managers) discuss people all the time.”
Friedman noted that Nashville’s Subban to Colorado talks “was two years ago,” but it would not come as a surprise to many if he’s moved again.
According to Pagnotta, talks involving Subban are likely this off-season, though there are no guarantees he’s moved. It’s unclear what the Predators would want in exchange, as their need at centre is no longer a priority. Moving Subban could help free up some cap space, but the Predators are in win-now mode and any deal involving the Norris Trophy finalist would have to result in a stay coming back the other way.
Subban, who turned 29 today, has four years remaining on his contract that carries a $9 million salary cap hit, the highest of any NHL defenseman.