P.K. SUB­BAN RE­TURNS TO MON­TREAL

The Hockey News - - The First Word -

It was one of the most shock­ing trades in NHL his­tory and one which has been a non-stop source of de­bate ever since. When the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens traded Sub­ban to Nashville for fel­low de­fense­man Shea We­ber, they ripped the hearts out of many Habs fans – even though We­ber ended up play­ing very well for the team, as was ex­pected.

The Cana­di­ens faith­ful got their chance to fete Sub­ban in March, when the Preda­tors vis­ited the Bell Cen­tre. Mon­treal al­ways does cer­e­mony right, and this was no ex­cep­tion. Sub­ban was hon­ored be­fore the game with a trib­ute video that in­cluded on-ice mem­o­ries and his char­i­ta­ble work with chil­dren, prompt­ing a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd (in­clud­ing from Jean Be­liv­eau’s widow, Elise, a long­time Sub­ban sup­porter) and chants of “P.K.! P.K.!”

Of course, there were tears from Sub­ban as he ac­knowl­edged the fans. Mon­treal ended up win­ning the game on a late goal by Paul By­ron, but Sub­ban’s sea­son went much longer as he helped the Preda­tors get within two vic­to­ries of a Stan­ley Cup, while We­ber and the Cana­di­ens bowed out in the first round to the New York Rangers.

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