Defenseman P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a deal that came together quite quickly. While he likely heard the trade rumors that surrounded him in the days leading up to the NHL Draft, the deal itself didn’t give him much advance warning.
After the deal was officially announced, Subban realized he needed to change his profile picture to something more fitting — and he came up with a hilarious solution.
The Devils added Subban in a blockbuster trade with the Nashville Predators, who were looking to clear salary in order to retain defenseman Roman Josi and enter the free agent market. Subban, at least, seems excited about his new adventure in New Jersey.
The Devils took on the entirety of Subban’s $9 million salary in the deal as well, which is likely a major factor behind the modest return heading to Nashville. The Predators were in need of cap space and prioritized that ahead of maximizing Subban’s trade value.
A three-time All-Star, Subban goes from a Stanley Cup contender in Nashville to a rebuilding effort in New Jersey. The 30-year-old should help accelerate that effort, while also bringing the art of trolling to New Jersey with him.
Vegas Golden Knights fans wasted no time going to work on trolling PK Subban over a bite incident on Wednesday.
Late in the second period of Nashville’s 2-1 win over Vegas, Subban and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got mixed up by the Nashville net. Subban tied Bellemare up by the net, had him in a headlock, and then had his finger bit.
Less than 24 hours after the incident, a digital billboard on the corner of Tropicana and Swenson in Las Vegas mocked Subban for the incident.
The drama of “Bite-gate” continues. This is a real billboard in Las Vegas today.
PK Subban gave a passionate defense of teammate Pekka Rinne, who has come under fire for struggling in the Nashville Predators’ series against the Winnipeg Jets.
Rinne was pulled just over 10 minutes into a 5-1 Game 7 loss to the Jets after allowing two soft goals out of the seven shots he faced. It was his third time being pulled in the series, which has led to plenty of criticism for the Vezina Trophy finalist.
After the game, Subban backed his goalie and reminded critics that Rinne is a big reason for Nashville’s success.
“Critics that want to criticize him don’t know what they’re talking about,” Rinne said. “I don’t care if they played in the NHL or not. He’s the backbone of our hockey club. He’s one of the main reasons why we’re here. Could we have all been better today? Yeah, we didn’t do enough. I felt at times that they had their whole team going and we didn’t. I think everybody could’ve played a lot better, could’ve given more.
“I’m sick and tired of people always talking about him. He’s the backbone of this team and the main reason why we’re here. You talk about top goaltenders in the league … we’re lucky to have one of them.”
That’s probably exactly what Rinne needs to hear in order to build his confidence after two straight postseasons haven’t gone the way he’s wanted. Last year in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins, Rinne allowed four goals in each of the first two games. He allowed three in Game 5 and got pulled early. The Predators lost that series in six games. Rinne allowed 21 goals in seven games against the Jets, which wasn’t good enough to get the job done. At least he isn’t making any excuses.
One of hockey’s biggest stars is offering his pick for Most Valuable Player.
After the Nashville Predators eliminated the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday with a win in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, Predators defenseman PK Subban endorsed Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon for MVP honors.
“In my opinion he was the best player in the league this year,” said Subban of MacKinnon, according to Joe Rexrode of the Tennessean. “I think for him and what he’s done with this team, a team that’s been up and down since they brought in the new coach [Jared Bednar], he’s done a great job.
“He’s just come into his own, and he’s a phenomenal hockey player. And you know, he’s so tough to handle, so fast and strong and shifty,” Subban added. “My expectations for him as a player is to be a Hall of Famer at the end of his career, and I think he understands that. But just tremendous respect for him, and I told him that I hope he takes home that trophy he deserves as the MVP.”
MacKinnon, who is only 22, finished fifth in the NHL during the season with 97 points (39 goals and 58 assists). He was instrumental in leading Colorado to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 (after a 22-win season in 2016-17 no less), and he managed to do it despite being the only All-Star on the team.
Granted, the competition for MVP will be stiff — more veteran players such as Taylor Hall and Claude Giroux are in the mix, as are the usual suspects like Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. But this endorsement from Subban, who is not always so gracious with other NHL elites, certainly carries some weight.