It feels like an old record playing when we think back of the time when P.K. Subban was a member of the Montreal Canadiens and chatter was made public that he was about to be traded because of an ongoing feud in the dressing room, apparently with captain Max Pacioretty.
While both players denied the rumors, we all know what happened: Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators in return for Shea Weber and the rest is history.
Unless the story is about to change - and - for the same reasons. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 and co-host Rhett Warrener asked him if Subban could once again be traded.
Warrener wondered if it would be crazy for the Predators to contemplate trading Subban, while making some stunning comments on the defenseman.
“I think he wears out his welcome with guys,” said Warrener, as reported by Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports Network. “I think he gets (under) people’s skin in the room. I think his value is huge around the league because he is that talented. Any chance they would consider making that sort of move.”
Friedman jumped in with his explanation on the situation, especially now that the Predators have been eliminated from the postseason and are already looking at roster changes.
“Well, I would say there’s always a chance because one thing I really over the last couple of years is that how many really untouchable players are there in this league,” explained Friedman. “There’s Crosby. There’s McDavid. Who else is there? Auston Matthews would be. I think right now Ovechkin would be. I mean maybe 10. Could you name 10? … So I think these guys discuss people all the time.
“First of all, one of their strengths is their blueline, so would you be weakening that significantly. Second, I don’t think he’s going to win the Norris trophy this year, but he’s a finalist.
Friedman also revealed that Subban was almost traded when the discussions on Matt Duchene were underway.
“I do believe that two years ago when Colorado was trying to trade Matt Duchene to Nashville and Nashville was trying to get him, I do believe Subban was part of that deal for awhile. I think Colorado asked for all of those D, but I think Subban was a name that they considered. But that was two years ago.
“I don’t know. I think that the one thing I would just say is I think there’s 10 untouchable players in the league, if that. I’m sure that someone is going to bring up their name to him, but I would say this: If any of those guys are getting dealt, there’s going to be a good reason for it. Like you’re going to look at that deal and you’re going to say, ‘Okay, I get it.’ “
Subban’s birthday is on Sunday, when he will turn 29. He may still have four years left on his deal, however, his no-move protection was wiped out since being dealt to Nashville from Montreal back in 2016.