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Thursday Habs Headlines: The unthinkable happened

P.K. Subban was traded to Nashville in a 1-for-1 for Shea Weber, Taylor Hall was traded from Edmonton for another first-rounder, and P.K. Subban actually got traded.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Unbelievably, all the rumours of the Habs moving P.K. Subban out of Montreal turned out to be true. Norris Trophy-winning defenceman and Montreal fan favourite Subban got moved out of Montreal to Nashville for Mark Messier Leadership Award recipient and elite defenceman Shea Weber. []
  • Subban characteristically was a veritable quote machine during a conference call after the trade. [EOTP]
  • Melnick in the Afternoon compiled immediate fan reactions to the trade [TSN 690]
  • Sean Gordon does a great job of encapsulating the trade, the emotion, and the Marc Bergevin press conference [Globe and Mail]
  • Why this trade could go down as one of the worst in Habs history [EOTP]
  • Another take on the trade, predicting it as the worst since Saint Patrick left town [Gazette]
  • The trades today may be why Canadian NHL teams can't have nice things ... like Stanley Cups [National Post]
  • Michael Farber hopped on the radio in Montreal moments after the trade was announced [TSN 690]
  • Gord Miller also had his own take on the trade: the amount of attention P.K. gets may not be commensurate with his ability [TSN 690]
  • Subban made one last social media video directed at his loyal and adoring fans in Montreal [EOTP]
  • Nashville Predators fans were happy about the trade (obviously). There was one NHLer and Weber Team Canada teammate who seemed particularly pleased about it

Around the League and elsewhere

  • Amazingly, it became secondary news that Steven Stamkos wouldn't be going to the Leafs, or the Sabres, or the Red Wings, or the Canucks (hi, Jim Benning!), electing to remain in Tampa [CBC Sports]
  • We have another trade to announce. This is fun! First-rounder Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers departs for the New Jersey Devils in exchange for another first-rounder, Adam Larsson. [Sportsnet]
  • Taylor Hall felt 'a bit slighted' over being traded to New Jersey [Edmonton Journal]
  • Frank Seravalli qualifies all of the above as the 'craziest 23 minutes in NHL history' []