Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens signed PK Subban to an eight year contract worth 72 million just two summers ago. Their decision to trade him to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber last week is mind boggling from a dynasty perspective. Don’t get me wrong; Shea Weber is a heck of a hockey player, one of the best defensemen in the NHL. But Shea Weber is 31 while PK Subban is 27. This is where the Nashville Predators absolutely robbed the Canadiens in the trade.
Keeping the long term in mind, I’d rather have PK Subban than Shea Weber anyday of the week. Some people could argue that Shea Weber is better right now, and I understand that, although I disagree. So for those people, like Bergevin, who argue Shea Weber is better right now, trade them Weber for Subban. PK will be paired with an elite defenseman in Roman Josi. Expect both Josi and Subban’s production to skyrocket, both could be point-per-game players.
As for Shea Weber I see his production falling a bit. Weber is under contract until he turns 40. Subban is making 9 million per year, so the Habs did create some cap space, but couldn’t take advantage because free agents were not even interested in their contract offers. I’d expect Bergevin and Therrien are going to be on the hot seat very soon if the Habs aren’t a playoff team again this year. As for the Predators, GM David Poile deserves a contract extension after making two great hockey trades in the last few months. The Subban for Weber deal, and Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen.