P.K. Subban Trade Blindsides Montreal Media

Front-page boos.

In the Montreal Gazette, Brendan Kelly writes that Wednesday’s straight-up trade by the Montreal Canadiens of defenseman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Shea Webber is ‘the worst move by the Habs since Réjean Houle dealt Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche for a bag of pucks in 1995.’

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Fellow Montreal sportswriter Andrew Berkshire goes one better in his sportsnet.ca piece:

There is a tendency in the era of social media to overreact to big trades, pronouncing an instant winner and loser without all the details. Sometimes the “wait and see” approach is wiser and shows maturity.

This is not one of those times.

The Montreal Canadiens have made possibly the worst trade in the history of their franchise, for no reason at all.

The trade follows the absence of a single Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, for the first time since before these two players were born. And it comes smack, Habs in the middle of Quebec’s St-Jean Baptiste Day provincial holiday (June 24) and Friday’s annual Canada Day.

In one Montreal French daily, 14 pages are devoted today to the Subban trade. The trade is also front-page news in Nashville’s The Tennessean. From sportswriter Joe Rexrode featured write-up:

This was not a prank. The Predators traded the face of the franchise, veteran defenseman Shea Weber, on Wednesday to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban.

We’re talking about the most iconic player in the team’s 18-year history, the captain…

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