By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Jersey Devils acquired Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban on Saturday. In exchange for Subban, the Predators acquired Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, the 34th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
In addition, Nashville will also receive a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The Predators wanted to clear cap space — and Subban was atop their list to trade, as he has a $9 million cap space for next season. The Devils took advantage and acquired one of the best defenseman in the game.
“We appreciate P.K.’s contribution to the Predators and the Nashville community over the past three seasons, which have been our organization have unprecedented success,” Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said. “He was an integral part of our run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, the 2018 Presidents’ Trophy and back-to-back Central Division titles. His work off the ice speaks for itself — he was an impactful member of our community, especially through the groundbreaking Blueline Buddies initiative.
“We had to make a business decision. With an aim at strengthening our forward corps this off season, and the continued strength of our defensive group, we felt it was necessary to clear up salary cap space this way.”
Subban had a down season in his third season with the Predators. He had nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points in 63 games.
The Devils are taking on the final three years left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $9 million.
This has been a huge two days for New Jersey. The team selected blue chip prospect Jack Hughes with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday night in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The 24-year-old Bronxville, New York native was a second-round pick by the Devils in the 2013 NHL Draft. Santini has spent the last four seasons with New Jersey.
This past season, he had one goal and three assists for four points in 39 games. He also had a -6 +/- and 16 PIM.
Davies has not played at the NHL level yet. The 22-year-old Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada native was a seventh-round pick by the Devils in the 2016 NHL Draft.