“I’m excited to get down there. I got along with a lot of the guys during All-Star weekend and some of the guys have already reached out. I want to come in, listen and learn. In turn I want to be a leader and a great player for the franchise.”
The 27 year old, Subban, had 51 points in 68 games this season. His final month got missed on 10th March due to a neck injury against the Buffalo Sabres.
He gained 278 points in 434 games after being selected by the Canadians for the second round No. 43 of the 2007 NHL Draft.
In 2013, Subban won the Norris Trophy and was selected as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Award this season.
For his contract that he signed for eight years on 2nd August 2014, has now six years remaining.
According to General Fanager, he has an NHL salary-cap charge of $9 million through the 2021-2022 season and he also has a no-movement clause that goes into effect Friday.
Predators general manager, David Poile said:
“This was an incredibly hard deal to make. We did this to improve our team and we did that today.”
Since the end of the season, trade rumors have been heard repeatedly, but according to Subban it wasn’t something he was paying attention to.
During the 2016 NHL Awards, Subban said in Las Vegas:
“I’m never concerned, to be honest with you, I have a lot of things that I am doing in the offseason and my job is to prepare for the season. That is all I can control. I never get nervous or concerned about rumors or what people say. If I did that I would be wasting a lot of energy. At the end of the day, I love Montreal, I love the city. I mean, there is not much else that I can do but train and enjoy my summer.”
The 30 years old Weber, who was the Predators captain, had 20 goals and 51 points in 78 regular-season games, and 3 goals and 7 points in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin said:
“We completed today an important transaction which I am convinced will make the Canadiens a better team. It was also one of the most difficult decisions I had to make as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. In Shea Weber we get a top-rated NHL defenseman with tremendous leadership and a player who will improve our defensive group as well as our power play for many years to come. Shea Weber led all NHL defensemen last season with 14 power-play goals. He is a complete rearguard with impressive size and a powerful shot. P.K. Subban is a special and very talented player. He provided the Canadiens organization with strong performances on the ice and generous commitment in the community. I wish him the best of luck with the Predators.”
In the 2003 draft, a second-round pick no. 49, Weber was 2nd in Predators history in 166 goals with 763 games played, and 3rd with 443 points. In the NHL All-Star Game, he has played four times. In 2011 and 2012, he finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy and won the Mark Messier Leadership Award this season.
“I understand because I go back to the passionate fans and I understand you guys see P.K. everyday and he’s been here for a while. He’s a likable person. But when you look at Shea Weber I think you’ll really get to appreciate him. When you see him twice a year or don’t see him as much you really don’t appreciate the type of defenseman he is. He’s top notch. We didn’t give P.K. Subban away. We got a very, very good player in return.”
On his 14-year $110 million contract, Weber has 10 years remaining, which he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a restricted free agent, but the Predators matched the offer sheet July 24, 2012.