“P.K. Subban is an elite offensive defenseman with tremendous skill and contagious energy that makes the Nashville Predators a better team now and into the future,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. “Superstar defensemen of his caliber are a rare commodity, and we are thrilled to add him to the organization.”
Subban, 27, won the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman, in 2013. He has scored more than 50 points in each of the three seasons, including a career-best 60 points in the 2014-15 season.
Weber, 30, has scored more than 50 points in two of the past three seasons. 14 power-play goals last season led all NHL defensemen.
Subban had been in trade rumors for a few weeks now in part because his no-movement clause kicked in Friday, July 1, meaning this was the last window for the Canadiens to listen to offers on him.
“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,” general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “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. 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,” Bergevin said in the statement.
Subban has five more years left on his contract paying him an average of $9 million per season.
Weber has 10 more years at a $7.857 million cap hit, although it was a 14-year deal signed in 2012 that was massively front-loaded, seeing his salary go from $12 million next season to $6 million in 2018-19, $3 million 2022-23 and then $1 million each of the final three years through 2025-26.
Both Weber and Subban were members of Team Canada’s Olympic gold medal team in 2014.