Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Taylor Hall Traded, PK Subban Traded, Steve Stamkos Staying
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, in exchange for winger Taylor Hall.
Larsson, 23, appeared in 82 games with New Jersey last season averaging over 22 minutes per game, while posting 18 points (3G, 15A), 77 penalty minutes and a plus 15 rating. He led the Devils in plus/minus rating (+15), ranked third on the team among defenceman in assists (15) and fourth in points (18).
The 6’3”, 205-pound blueliner has spent the past five seasons with the Devils, since being selected fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 274 career NHL games, Larsson has accumulated 69 points (9G, 60A) and 155 penalty minutes. He has also played in five career playoff games, recording one goal and four penalty minutes.
The Skelleftea, Sweden native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2016 World Hockey Championship, posting four points (1G, 3A) and four penalty minutes in eight games, leading Sweden’s defence in scoring. He has also represented Sweden twice (2011, 2010) at the World Junior Hockey Championship and two times (2010, 2009) at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Hall, 24, has spent his entire six-year career with the Oilers’ organization. In 381 career NHL games, he has recorded 132g-196a-328pts and 234 penalty minutes. He has led Edmonton in scoring three of the last four seasons, and finished at least top three on the squad in each of his six seasons. This past year, Hall posted 26g-39a- 65pts and 54 penalty minutes while skating in all 82 games. He also represented the Oilers at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has acquired Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Shea Weber.
“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,” Poile said. “Superstar defensemen of his caliber are a rare commodity, and we are thrilled to add him to the organization.”
Subban, 27, is among the most decorated defensemen in the game today. Individually, he won the 2013 Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, was a finalist for the award in 2015, is a two-time First-Team NHL All-Star (2013 and 2015) and a 2011 All-Rookie Team selection. He has helped teams win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics and a pair of World Junior Championships (2008 and 2009). Over the past four seasons – dating back to 2012-13 – the 6-foot, 210-pound blueliner has amassed 203 points (42g-160a) in 274 regular-season games, third most among all NHL defensemen. He has surpassed the 50-point mark in each of the past three seasons, highlighted by a career-high 60 points (15g-45a) in 2014-15. He has advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his last two appearances in the postseason, ranking fourth among NHL blueliners in points (5g-9a-14pts) in 2014, helping Montreal reach the Eastern Conference Final.
Shea Weber, 30, played in 78 of the Nashville Predators’ 82 games in 2015-16, recording 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists). He led all NHL defensemen in powerplay goals (14), and ranked tied for third in powerplay points (26).
The Nashville Predators’ captain for the past six seasons (2010 to 2016), Weber has played a total of 763 career NHL regular season games. He registered 443 points (166 goals, 277 assists), displayed a +48 differential, served 568 penalty minutes, and amassed 187 powerplay points, including 80 goals with the man advantage. The 6’4’’ and 236 lbs defenseman added 28 points in 59 career playoff games (13 goals, 15 assists) and served 57 penalty minutes.
“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. 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 powerplay for many years to come. Shea Weber led all NHL defensemen last season with 14 powerplay goals. 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,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Steve Stamkos has ended the speculation. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain will not be changing addresses as he has signed a new contract with the team meaning he won't be a free agent come July 1 as many had thought.
The reported figures are that it’s an eight-year deal worth a total of $68 million, which translates to an $8.5-million annual salary cap hit. It also comes with a full no-movement clause.
The first-overall pick from the 2008 NHL Draft has spent his entire career in Tampa Bay where he has 312 goals and 250 assists in 569 career games. He also has 15 goals and 20 assists in 49 career playoff games.