New Jersey Devils Land P.K. Subban

What a journey for P.K. Subban from his junior hockey days with the Belleville Bulls in the OHL to the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Making a few great stops between the two. The revamp of the New Jersey Devils now includes one of the top defensemen in the NHL to go along with No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes.

The Devils made the biggest move of the second day of the NHL draft Saturday before any picks were made by acquiring All-Star P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators for two players and a pair of draft picks. "Obviously, his legacy in terms of off-ice stuff is well known, but on ice he's a competitor, he wants to win," New Jersey general manager Ray Shero said. "I love the fact he hasn't won a Cup yet. He's hungry for that and so are we."It was a headline grabbing big splash for both clubs. After taking Hughes, the 18-year-old American star, with the No. 1 pick Friday night, the Devils landed a star defenseman to potentially share the ice with the new young forward.For the Predators it was another deft move by general manager David Poile to shed salary and shake up a stagnant roster after two straight early playoff exits. New Jersey sent defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies, along with a second-round pick this year and a 2020 second-round pick to the Predators.But it was a small sacrifice for the chance to land the 30-year-old six-time All-Star. Shero expected to get word from Poile on Friday night about a deal that had been in conversation for several days. Shero said he was talking with managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer when he realized the hopeful phone call wasn't coming.It finally came Saturday morning. "I said to Josh and David last night, 'I know this is the right deal because if it doesn't happen I'm going to be really disappointed,'" Shero said.

Subban was thought to be on the trade block because of his $9 million salary cap hit for each of the next three seasons. But it's a fit for the Devils, who are expected to have about $34 million million in cap space. And the addition of Subban doesn't hamstring the Devils from being able to try and re-sign Taylor Hall, Andy Greene or Sami Vatanen before they hit free agency. Subban posted an entertaining video on social media about the trade, thanking Nashville for his time there and his excitement moving forward. "I just want to tell you guys, are you guys ready for the 'Subbanator?' Because I'm ready to go. Let's go," Subban said.The 2013 Norris Trophy winner spent the past three years in Nashville, but was limited to 31 points in 63 games last season. After consecutive early playoff exits, the Predators are clearly trying to make some changes.Speculation has centered on Nashville targeting Matt Duchene in free agency as a potential replacement for Subban."We had to make a business decision. With an aim at strengthening our forward corps this off-season, and the continued strength of our defensive group, we felt it was necessary to clear up salary-cap space this way," Poile said. It was the second time the popular Subban was traded.

After becoming a star in Montreal, Subban was dealt to Nashville in June 2016 in a blockbuster deal that included Shea Weber, and the deal paid off immediately.Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Finals in Subban's first season with the Predators. But the Predators were ousted early from the playoffs each of the past two seasons, including the 2017-18 season when Nashville won the Presidents' Trophy but was knocked out in the conference semifinals by Winnipeg. Only time will tell what the future has in store for this great defensemen and the New Jersey Devil Organization.

Look for a discussion about this trade to take place on one of our upcoming Junior Hockey Podcast Episodes. I have a feeling this will be a hot topic with the boys!

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