Sunday, 21 July, 2019

Nashville Predators trade PK Subban to New Jersey Devils

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Cary Erickson | 23 June, 2019, 22:54

On the second day of the NHL Draft, the salary cap crashed the party.

Soon after P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils from the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the defenceman took to social media to thank the Predators organization, his teammates and fans.

With that extra space, Nashville is also expected to make a run at Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene, who is about to be a highly-coveted unrestricted free agent.

Subban remains one of the league's preeminent defensemen, recording nine goals and 31 points in 63 games and should be an immediate upgrade for a Devils club that is quickly becoming one of the NHL's most intriguing teams for the 2019-20 season.

The Devils missed the playoffs last season, and with star winger Taylor Hall eligible to sign an extension on July 1, the additions of Subban and Hughes could help convince Hall to commit rather than entertain free agency next year.

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The P.K. Subban Show is going to New Jersey. The New York Rangers traded for top-four defenseman Jacob Trouba earlier this week and they selected Finnish winger Kappo Kaako with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

As uneventful as the trade market was Friday, Philadelphia's Chuck Fletcher was among several general managers predicting things would pick up.

Subban has three years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $9 million, according to CapFriendly.

Nashville reportedly won't retain any of Subban's salary in the trade, an impetus for the deal.

Toronto created $6.2 million in cap space by trading Marleau to Carolina.