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Montreal Canadiens P. K. Subban traded to Nashville

The NHL’s former top defenseman and Norris Trophy winner swapped with Predators’ Shea Weber

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators in return for defenseman P.K. Subban.

“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,” said Bergevin. “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 powerplay for many years to come.

“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.”

Per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun: “Subban had been in trade rumors for a few weeks now in part because his no-movement clause would kick in Friday, meaning this was the last window for the Canadiens to listen to offers on him. …Subban has five more years left on his contract paying him an average of $9 million per season.”

Subban, who committed $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital last September, was a second-round pick, 43rd overall, by the Canadiens in 2007. He played a total of 434 regular season games since making his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2009.

He registered 278 career points (63 goals, 215 assists). Subban also recorded 38 points in 55 career playoff games (11 goals, 27 assists). He was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s Top Defenseman in 2013.

Weber, 30, played in 78 of the Predators’ 82 games in 2015-16, recording 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists). He led all NHL defensemen in powerplay goals (14), and ranked tied for third in powerplay points (26).

Nashville’s captain for the past six seasons, Weber has played a total of 763 career regular season games. He registered 443 points (166 goals, 277 assists), displayed a +48 differential, served 568 penalty minutes, and amassed 187 powerplay points, including 80 goals with the man advantage.

Both men were members of Canada’s gold-medal hockey team during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Subban was left off the national team’s World Cup of Hockey roster just over a month ago.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.