The Nashville Predators have traded defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round draft picks – 2019 2nd round No. 34 and a 2020 2nd round.
The Predators are not retaining any salary.
The 30-year-old Subban was drafted 43rd overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He carries a $9 million cap hit for the next three seasons.
The 24-year old Santini was drafted 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft by the New Jersey Devils. He carries a $1,416,666 cap hit.
The 22-year-old Davies was drafted 192nd in the 7th round of the 2016 draft by the New Jersey Devils. He carries a $925,000 cap hit.
Puck Pedia: Subban 30 y/o RD, in Year 6/8 of $9M Cap Hit Deal.
9G 31P in 63GP,
On ice 50.5% 5v5 GF,
50.8% Expected GF,
xGF/Corsi +0.9%/+4% relative to team,
Scored 0.92 P/60
Thoughts from the media
Adam Vingan: “I’ve always said that Predators should consider trading P.K. Subban only if the return or resulting cap space makes them demonstrably better today. Even if they sign Matt Duchene with the savings, are they better? I’m not sure.”
Jonathan Davis: “Bold move by Ray Shero to acquire PK. It does raise questions though for such a talented player that this will be his third team entering his 10th NHL season.”
John Glennon: “Steven Santini is a young D-man (former 2nd-round pick) with size and Jeremy Davies is a D prospect who just turned pro, was nominated for Hobey Baker last year in college.”
Todd Cordell: “I know peak Subban is a thing of the past, but he’s still very good and is now the best defenseman on the Devils. Landing him for a fringe NHLer (Santini), a B prospect (Davies), and a pair of 2nd rounders is unbelievably good.”
Danny Webster: “Ray Shero has been charged with highway robbery.”
Mark Scheig: “If NSH re-signs Roman Josi and lands Matt Duchene in free agency, it’s a good trade.”
Matt Larkin: “Not a big surprise to see Devils get a big name via trade. That’s Ray Shero’s style. He’s not the type who likes to build teams with high-end UFA megadeals”
Scott Billeck: “I wonder what Taylor Hall is thinking now? Jack Hughes and P.K. Subban added to the roster in the course of about 16 hours.”