Wednesday, June 29, 2016 08:46 PM

NASHVILLE PREDATORS COMPLETE BLOCKBUSTER TRADE WITH MONTREAL CANADIANS

The Nashville Predators acquired P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber on Wednesday in a blockbuster swap of All-Star defensemen two days before free agency opens. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury. The offensive-minded, dynamic 27-year-old has 63 goals and 215 assists in 434 career games, all with the Canadiens. He said he was not surprised by the trade because there had been so many rumors since he signed a $72 million, eight-year contract in the summer of 2014. Subban's no-movement clause that would've allowed him to block any trade was set to kick in on Friday. "With a lot of the chatter that kind of happened over the little while, I'm a firm believer that usually where there's smoke there's fire," Subban said on a conference call. "Obviously it's a little bit surreal but it happened." Subban was not always the favorite of coach Michel Therrien and others in the organization despite his playmaking ability. Still, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said trading Subban was "one of the most difficult decisions" he has had to make. ...

News source: Times Free Press

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