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One of the biggest moves at the NHL Draft occured and the New Jersey Devils shocked everyone by acquiring PK Subban from the Nashville Predators. Subban had been rumored to be in play as the Preds looked to clear cap space. The Preds acquire Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies, as well as two second round picks. Nashville is not retaining salary on Subban’s contract.
Subban is an elite offensive defenceman who has an explosive shot from the point and has the ability to move the puck with ease. He wasn’t at his best last season, but Subban is still a premier talent. A move like this gives first overall pick Jack Hughes and former MVP Taylor Hall a playmaker from the point that can either set them up or they can set up themselves. The Devils playoff chances have vastly increased, but Subban won’t tip that scale by himself.
For the Predators, they clear cap space that will allow them to do a few things. They could extend their other star defenceman, Roman Josi. They could target a big fish in free agency, potentially Matt Duchene. They add to their defensive depth with Santini and Davies. This move also allows for more ice time to rising defenceman Dante Fabbro.
All in all, this is a win win deal for both clubs. The Devils add a premier talent to aid their superstar in Hall, and their future star in Jack Hughes. The Predators add a couple of defenceman, clear up cap space, and allow more time for Fabbro. Both teams got what they wanted out of this deal, and time will tell whether it all works out as planned.
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