In one of the biggest moves of his career, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile in 2016 sent captain and fan favorite Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban in a swap of defensemen.
Subban lasted three seasons in Nashville, helping the Predators to their only Stanley Cup Final in 2017, the Presidents’ Trophy in 2018 and the second of back-to-back Central Division titles in 2019. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils during the first day of the 2019 NHL Draft.
Weber, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Predators, has been on long-term injured reserve since 2021. He had 166 goals and 277 assists with the Predators.
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Subban, now an analyst for ESPN, was stopped short of breaking down the trade, but he heaped praise on Weber.
“It’s the biggest compliment I’ve been given in my whole career,” Subban said of being traded for Weber. “Shea Weber was an outstanding hockey player and was great for this community and Nashville and was great for this team.
“He knows I have a ton of respect and admiration for him. … Just a first-class guy. It’s part of the business and we both understood that. I think the respect between us is mutual. … It was probably good for the both of us.
How would analyst Subban break down that trade seven years later?
“I don’t know,” said Subban, who was at Bridgestone Arena for for P.K. Subban Night to honor the contributions he made on and off the ice during his time with the Predators. “I don’t do that. I’ll let you guys decide that stuff.”