So, that was fun.
What a wild afternoon of wheeling and dealing in the NHL Wednesday.
Montreal traded P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber, the Oilers shipped Taylor Hall to the Devils for Adam Larsson, Steven Stamkos decided to stay in Tampa Bay and signed a new 8 year deal with the Lightning, and let’s not leave out Seth Jones re-signing with Columbus.
Just the other day I was dreaming of a Stamkos led Maple Leafs team, but, c’est la vie.
He obviously loves it in the sunny south, he’s way closer to winning a Stanley Cup, and even though he left millions of dollars on the table he will still get paid handsomely.
The Blue Jackets did well to get Jones to sign long term, keeping him for the next 6 years and solidifying their back end.
The Hall for Larsson deal makes sense for both teams.
Edmonton needed an upgrade and defence and New Jersey needed a sparkplug up front.
Hall is fuming over the deal.
After having to play on a horrible team for years, just when there’s a lot of hope and promise in the City of Champions, he’s shipped out.
As for the Habs-Preds deal, I think both teams win, at least on the ice.
Montreal will certainly benefit from the more stable play of Weber while Nashville injects some flash to their team.
Off the ice though, how do these two teams react to the trade in the dressing room?
Both teams have lost part of their leadership.
Financially, the Habs are going to be on the hook for the 30-year-old Weber’s contract for the next decade.
Subban is 27, in his prime, and will be 33 when his deal is done.
So I’ll give the edge to the Predators for now.
Wednesday was a blast, but it also takes a lot of steam out of free agency, which starts Friday.