Everyone across the NHL is keeping an eye on the Devils and what they plan to do with unrestricted free agent forward Taylor Hall, who seems to have no interest in re-signing in New Jersey and could be part of a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.
However! Fans should also be checking out what will come of defenseman P.K. Subban, who could reportedly get traded - once again - after less than a season with the Devils.
“His name is out there,” an NHL source told SBRPicks.com Wednesday afternoon. “That contract will be hard to move and the Devils will have to eat some salary, but it’s not as crazy an idea as some may think and it may be the best thing for P.K. and the Devils. There just hasn’t been a fit there, and I’m talking hockey wise. This is nothing to do with P.K. as a teammate or person from all I’ve been told.”
Last week, the New York Post and columnist Brett Cyrgalis criticized Subban for his self-marketing and the many things he does besides play hockey. And there is the question of his hefty contract being a huge obstacle to potentially interested clubs. Subban has the remainder of this season and two more years after that left on the $72 million eight-year deal he signed with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2014, and has already been traded twice during the tenure of the contract.
It could be difficult for the Devils to find takers, even if the Devils ate some salary.
“If you’re a Cup contender and need to have a better powe rplay, and that could be the difference between a Cup or not, then why wouldn’t you think about Subban?”one NHL scout asked rhetorically. “The Devils aren’t using him on the PP enough and that’s probably why the stats aren’t good. Use him to his strengths and he can help you win.”
The Devils might want to consider this approach if they are looking to sell him at a better price. It remains to be seen if Subban will be on the move again in the coming months.