When the first signs of a potential trade for Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban were exposed, fans across the National Hockey League were shocked. At first, it feels like an old record playing when 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 and coaches 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.
Now in Nashville, the same elements are being put into place. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman was recently asked if Subban could once again be traded by Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 and co-host Rhett Warrener, who made 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.”
Predators head coach Peter Laviolette had to come into play and deny the blockbuster rumour during a press conference.
“Where’s he going?” Laviolette asked at his year-end press conference when the rumour was raised. “P.K. is here for me. Listen, he’s been here for two years, and we’re moving in a pretty good direction here with him as part of our club. He’s been awesome. His regular season, I thought, was really good last year; he might have been the best player on our team in the playoffs last year, just with regard to the way he and (Mattias) Ekholm played and defended.
“He’s up for the Norris Trophy. I thought again that P.K. and Ekholm had an outstanding playoffs. I don’t know if there was growth from Year 1 to Year 2. He was just awesome in both years for me. He’s coachable. Plays big minutes. Plays against the best players. Produces in the defensive zone and produces in the offensive zone. I mean, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”
However, according to Sportsnet's Rory Boylen, who notes that the Predators is so loaded, it might not stop GM David Poile from moving the defender in the near future.
"Before Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin traded Subban, he also shot down any suggestion it could happen. And Poile is no stranger to making large moves. This seems like a long shot to happen this summer because the Preds aren’t facing any pressing cap issues, but with the defencemen they have in place you do have to wonder if trading Subban becomes a possibility one day," concludes Boylen.