The New Jersey Devils have acquired P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, the 34th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and a 2020 second-round pick.
The Predators were looking to clear cap space and New Jersey took advantage. Subban is coming off a down season with nine goals and 31 points in 63 games, but he is still a top-tier blueliner at the age of 30. He has three seasons left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $9 million. Between this trade and the Devils selecting Jack Hughes with the first-overall pick, this has been an outstanding couple of days for New Jersey.
“This is great for the Devils and great for our area; we deserve to have Jack Hughes, Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and now P.K. Subban, to be relevant,” Shero said. “It’s the entertainment business. We want people to be passionate and hungry and give back to the community, and these kids do, and certainly, P.K. does.
The 30-year-old was traded to the Predators by the Canadiens for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29, 2016.
“I talked to some other teams and to be honest, some of the components were salary retention,” said Poile, who estimated he had serious trades with three other teams for Subban. “All the deals were different in terms of trades and getting different things back. This clearly was the deal that allowed us to save the most and create the most (salary) cap space.”