National Hockey League veterans Subban and Marleau dealt in separate salary dumps

National Hockey League veterans Subban and Marleau dealt in separate salary dumps”

Subban scored nine goals and 22 assists and recorded a plus-5 rating in 63 games with the Predators last season, his third year in Nashville. Playing in Nashville, there were a lot of great defensemen there, so it's not always getting opportunity to play 26-27 minutes night or be on the power play, in all situations consistently. After it was initially projected at $83 million, the salary cap's upper limit is now expected to be somewhere between $81.5 million and $82 million, a devastating reduction for teams like the Capitals, who annually use up every bit of it. And after thanking the Predators and the city of Nashville for his three seasons with the team, he turned his attention to his newest squad. "I knew that I probably was going to have a two- or three-year window there". The deal was the latest move in what's been an especially fruitful weekend for the Devils, who had the first overall pick of the draft and selected American center Jack Hughes.

"Obviously, his legacy in terms of off-ice stuff is well known, but on ice he's a competitor, he wants to win", New Jersey general manager Ray Shero said.

Subban sent out a two-minute video on Twitter to express his appreciation for the past three years in Nashville. "But I think the fact the draft's so early, and there's still 10 days until the start of free agency ... my expectation is there'll still be some activity before July 1".

"We had to make a business decision".

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The move is basically a salary dump by the Predators with Subban, 30, having three seasons left on the eight-year, US$72-million contract he signed with the Canadiens. Carolina also gets a future first round pick and a future seventh round pick.

And yet, Philadelphia's Chuck Fletcher was among several general managers predicting things would pick up.

"I think we made the only trade, didn't we?" "It was always tough to play the New Jersey Devils". Before previous year, I played 82 games.

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