Back on June 24th 2016, only a few days before the blockbuster trade that sent P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators in return for Shea Weber, there were reports that the Vancouver Canucks had made an offer to Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to land the Habs star defenseman.
The information had been revealed by NHL insider Elliotte Friedman just a few days after Canucks GM Jim Benning was caught and fined for saying on air that he had been looking to acquire Subban and discussing the possibility with the Canadiens.
On Wedneday, Friedman came out with another brilliant 31 Thoughts podcast and talked about the Subban trade once again, stating that a significant offer had indeed been made by the Canucks to land the defender.
According to Friedman who spoke with someone from the Canucks organization about this offer, the deal included young centre Bo Horvat, defenseman Chris Tanev and their first round pick at the time, which was the fifth overall...
Friedman revealed that the deal went up in flames when Bergevin found out that the Columbus Blue Jackets were planning to take forward Pierre-Luc Dubois with their third overall pick. Dubois was the player the Habs were after and that ended the potential trade.
If Bergevin had agreed to the Canucks' offer then, the Canadiens would have in their lineup today a first line centre in Horvat, a quality defenseman to use in their top three in Tanev, and could have pick one of these players with the fifth overall pick: Olli Juolevi-D, Matthew Tkachuk- LW, Clayton Keller-C, Alexander Nylander-RW or Tyson Jost-C - and would have still manage to select Mikhail Sergachev with a later pick.
Jost was reportedly very coveted by the Habs at the time...
This could be a transaction the Habs will regret for a long time.