This news comes as Carey Price is still rehabbing his injury, and is likely just an insurance policy. Although it does indicate that Price is still dealing with lingering injury woes.
Nashville Preds trade Devan Dubnyk to Montreal for futures— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 5, 2014
Dubnyk is currently on an expiring $3.5M contract, which means Montreal has used up the majority of the cap space they accumulated during the year.
It's expected that Dubnyk will play back-up to Peter Budaj until Carey Price is ready to return.
After the trade Montreal sits at $3M in deadline cap space, so don't expect anything other than a depth move to finish the day, as Bergevin seems to be happy with his current team.
Update: According to LeBrun the Predators will retain part of Dubnyk's salary, meaning Montreal does still have a decent amount of wiggle room to make another trade in the next two hours.
Edmonton was already retaining 50% of his salary, and the Predators are retaining 25%, meaning Montreal will only pay 25% of his remaining salary.
A #Habs official says Dubnyk is being assigned to Hamilton.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) March 5, 2014
Enjoy the Hammer, Devan!