The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday, trading defensemen P.K. Subban and Shea Weber.
Subban is heading to Nashville, while Weber is heading to Montreal.
“Huge,” NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “That Subban/Weber deal came out of total left field and it’s massive. I think it’s the biggest news of the day in the NHL, and I think it’s a huge win for the Nashville Predators. That’s not to slight Shea Weber and what he’s done in Nashville and what he has the potential to do in Montreal. I just think Nashville is primed and ready for a superstar in hockey the likes of P.K. Subban. It’s a city that embraces its stars, especially stars who have crossover appeal. It’s an entertainment-(driven), electrifying city that’s on the rise. It’s becoming a destination city, and he’s a destination player. He will put fannies in the seats and then he will make them come out of their seats with the stuff he can do on the ice. He’s an excellent player, he produces, and he’s a Norris Trophy winner.”
Indeed, Subban, 27, won the Norris Trophy in 2013 and has scored 50+ points in each of the last three seasons, including a career-best 60 in 2014-15. He has 63 goals and 215 assists in 434 career games, all with Montreal.
A Toronto native, Subban signed an eight-year, $72-million contract in 2014, but trade rumors began soon afterward.
“I think he got a bad rap in Montreal,” Rosen said. “I don’t think the coach ever embraced him, and I don’t think the GM ever embraced him. They gave him the contract because they had no other choice, but I don’t think they ever embraced him there and it showed with the trade. He’s four years younger than Shea Weber, (who turns 31 in August), he puts up as many or more points, he’s got as good of a shot – maybe just a little bit less in terms of miles per hour than Weber – but it’s a great shot, and he’s an energy guy. If you embrace him the right way, everybody should love him. To me, he’s the most entertaining superstar in the NHL with the crossover appeal, and in that city, I think it’s perfect. I just think they’re primed and ready for a superstar of his caliber. They’re ready to win in Nashville and he’s the star. I think it’s a great deal for the Predators.”