Predators acquire Subban from Canadiens for Weber
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[June 30, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Montreal
and Nashville pulled off a major trade involving two veteran
defensemen on Wednesday as the Predators acquired P.K. Subban from
the Canadiens for Shea Weber.
Subban was the 2013 winner of the Norris Trophy, which goes to the
NHL's top defenseman. The 27-year-old Subban had six goals and 45
assists this past season.
Subban has six years remaining on his contract that carries an
annual salary cap hit of $9 million. He is heading into the third
season of his eight-year, $72-million pact.
"P.K. Subban is an elite offensive defenseman with tremendous skill
and contagious energy that makes the Nashville Predators a better
team now and into the future," Predators general manager David Poile
"Superstar defensemen of his caliber are a rare commodity, and we
are thrilled to add him to the organization."
Weber had spent the past 11 seasons with the Predators and has
played in four All-Star Games. The 30-year-old had 20 goals and 31
assists in 78 regular-season games this past season.
This was the eighth NHL season in which Weber had at least 40
points. He added three goals and four assists in 14 postseason games
Weber is under contract for 10 more seasons. His average annual
salary cap hit is $7.85 million.
"We completed today an important transaction which I am convinced
will make the Canadiens a better team. It was also one of the most
difficult decisions I had to make as general manager of the Montreal
Canadiens," Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said.
"In Shea Weber, we get a top rated NHL defenseman with tremendous
leadership, and a player who will improve our defensive group as
well as our power play for many years to come.
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Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban walks the red carpet
during the 2016 NHL Awards at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Mandatory
Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
"Shea Weber led all NHL defensemen last season with 14 power-play
goals. He is a complete rearguard with impressive size and a
"P.K. Subban is a special and very talented player. He provided the
Canadiens organization with strong performances on the ice and
generous commitment in the community. I wish him the best of luck
with the Predators."
(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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