The Metropolitan Division continues to strengthen this offseason as the New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman PK Subban from the Nashville Predators.
After heaps of speculation on day one of the 2019 Draft — including plenty of rumors about PK to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Subban has found his final destination on day two with the Devils.
Subban to NJ
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 22, 2019
The final price to secure the talented offensive defenseman ended up being Steve Santini, Jeremy Davies, a second round pick (#34 overall) in this year’s draft, and a second round pick in 2020. No money was retained by Nashville on Subban’s massive contract.
Santini is a four-year NHL veteran defenseman that has played in 114 career games with the Devils. Davies is a 2016 seventh-round selection (#192 overall), that was slotted to start his pro hockey career with the Binghamton Devils in the AHL this season.
Subban is one of the biggest personalities in the league and has played in the last three NHL All-Star Games (incluing being captain in the last two). Subban has been named to the NHL’s end-of-season First All-Star Team twice. He was awarded the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman in 2012-13 and won a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics.
The Predators initially acquired Subban in 2016 in a blockbuster deal that saw then Predators captain, Shea Weber, sent to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Subban. In 211 games for the Preds, Subban racked up 35 goals and 130 total points, while also averaging 23:46 of ice time per game.
Deal is Steve Santini, Jeremy Davis, 2nd round pick in this year’s draft (#34) and 2nd round pick in 2020 for PK Subban.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 22, 2019
It is believed that the Predators were seeking to move Subban to free up cap space so that they could not only extend defenseman Roman Josi’s contract, but also get involved with the NHL’s top free agents in this offseason’s class. Subban has three years remaining on his current deal that sees him get paid $9,000,000 a season.
The Devils, who finished second-to-last in the Eastern Conference last season, selected 18-year-old center Jack Hughes first overall in the draft on Friday.
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