The Nashville Predators traded defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Steven Santini, defenseman Jeremy Davies, and two second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 on Saturday, the teams announced.
The club has acquired P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, one second round pick in this draft and another second round pick in next year’s draft. pic.twitter.com/760VWaP2Oc
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 22, 2019
Subban, 30, posted nine goals, 31 points, and a +5 rating in 63 games this past season. He won the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s best defenseman every year, in 2013 and was nominated in 2015 and 2018. He has posted 98 goals, 408 points, and a +50 rating in 645 career games with the Predators and the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens traded Subban to the Predators in exchange for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29, 2016, in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in NHL history. The best season of his career came in 2014-15 when he notched career-highs in assists (45), points (60), and plus-minus (+21).
The Devils bolster their defense, which allowed an average of 3.30 goals-per-game (the sixth-highest in the NHL) this past season, with the addition of Subban.
The Predators are expected to be one of the most active teams in free agency, so this trade gives them some much-needed cap space. They are rumored to have interest in unrestricted free agent center Matt Duchene, who posted 31 goals, 70 points, and a -3 rating in 73 games with the Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, and could possibly make more noise in the next two weeks. Nashville currently has $13,691,668 remaining in cap space.
Santini, 24, posted a goal, four points, and a -6 rating in 39 games this past season. In 114 career NHL games (all with the Devils), he has five goals, 24 points, and a -10 rating.
Davies, 22, notched eight goals, 37 points, and a +8 rating at Northwestern this past season. He has posted at least six goals and 23 points in each of his three seasons there. The Devils picked him with their seventh-round pick in 2016.
The Devils, who selected center Jack Hughes with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday, have $27,020,000 remaining in cap space. Their biggest offseason priority is to re-sign forward Taylor Hall, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2020, and can sign a contract extension as soon as July 1 this year. Hall, 27, posted 11 goals, 37 points, and a -6 rating in 34 games this past season after winning the Hart Trophy (given to NHL MVP) in 2018 when he posted 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games.
By Harrison Brown