You know it, we know it: when the Nashville Predators managed to land defenseman P.K. Subban in a blockbuster trade in return for Shea Weber, the internet went wild. So now the question is: are you ready for another monster trade involving Subban?
Chatter first surfaced when NHL insider Elliotte Friedman was asked by Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 co-host Rhett Warrener 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.”
Since, head coach Peter Laviolette might have come out to deny the blockbuster rumour during a press conference, however, it does not stop TSN Senior hockey reporter Frank Seravelli from thinking GM David Poile could be planning a major move.
“Montreal still may not be over the trade that sent P.K. Subban to Nashville two years ago, but there is lots of chatter that Subban might be on the move again. The Preds will need to commit significant dollars to Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis in each of these next two summers, plus Kevin Fiala this summer.”
Seravelli reveals that Poile might try to make the perfect pitch to the Ottawa Senators for none other than their star defenseman and captain Erik Karlsson.
“The hot rumour has been some kind of deal that involves sending Karlsson to Nashville for Subban. Right now, Subban is owed $36 million, which is a small percentage of what Karlsson will ultimately receive.”
The Preds would have to seriously reconsider a lot of decisions due to cap space restrictions, but if they can manage to land Karlsson, it would not stop them.
Friedman once revealed that Subban was almost traded when the discussions on Matt Duchene were underway, so the Predators are not new to putting his name on the trade block for a bigger name in return.
“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.”
There now seems to be another chapter in this never-ending Subban story…