While there's no doubt that losing a leader like Shea Weber likely impacted a number of the players in the Nashville Predators locker room, it sounds like there's one Predator who's happy he won't have to play against P.K. Subban ever again.
In a recent interview published on the Predators official website, veteran forward James Neal seemed to indicate he sees the same thing in Subban that many others see in his former teammate Weber, a player that is incredibly difficult to play against.
“He’s a guy that you get into it with, you don’t like playing against him,” Neal said of Subban. “He’s a guy that gets under your skin, and plays the game well when he’s under a guy’s skin, so it’s better having him on your team than playing against him. He has a great shot, great hockey sense and great ability to do good things with the puck. He’s a distributor and a goal scorer and he does it all. With the way our defensemen look right now, we have some great young defensemen who can skate and make plays and do everything… It’s an exciting time for Preds hockey.”
There has been a lot made of the potential a player like Subban has in a system like that of Peter Laviolette's, and it sounds like there's at least one Predators veteran who is on board with the trade.