a “very ordinary” exchange for the two clubs, believes Philippe Cantin


On June 29, six years have officially passed since the completion of Canadiens and Predators THE transaction. By this time, the CH had sent PK Subban to Nashville and acquired Shea Weber in return. A major league exchange, basically.

And almost six years later, the time seems very opportune to take stock of this transaction. In fact, Weber will never play in the NHL again (and he’s no longer with CH anyway) and Subban’s eight-year contract will officially expire next month.

Also, Devils players would like truly see Subban again next year.

Returning to the balance, it was just a topic of discussion during the last episode of the podcast Zone exitand we were treated from two diametrically opposed points of view.

On the one hand, Philippe Cantin says that in the end the operation will have been “fairly ordinary”. Subban had a good first season in Nashville and Weber had some good times too, but overall it’s hard to see a clear winner. A presence in the final also for each of the two boys.

On the other hand, however, Stéphane Waite says it will have been a “very, very good transaction” for CH. Internally, he saw Weber bring very important and highly sought-after leadership to the Canadiens, and overall Weber had better stats than Subban (even though he played 125 fewer games than him).

He’s not wrong about this: Weber has scored 58 goals in 275 games while Subban has scored 52 in 400 since the exchange. On the +/- side (a stat that doesn’t say everything, but is still interesting to get a general idea), it’s +31 for Weber and -30 for Subban.

Weber’s injuries may be the only downside for CH, Waite says, but when he was on the ice, Weber provided a great serve for CH. And its payroll impact was significantly less than Subban’s of $ 1.1 million.

In short, what do you think? An “ordinary” transaction or a “very, very good move” for the CH? I lean a little more towards the second option, but maybe not as much as Waite, honestly.

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