The transactions ranged from predictable to staggering. They shaped the coming season for three marquee Canadian franchises. And they happened at once — or, more precisely, within 23 minutes on an otherwise leisurely June afternoon.
Taylor Hall, the Edmonton Oilers’ top scorer in three of the past four seasons, was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson on June 29; the deal was announced at 3:34 p.m. ET. By 3:57, word emerged that Steven Stamkos had re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the eve of free agency, spurning, among other likely suitors, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In many off-seasons, these deals would have been momentous enough to dominate chatter for the rest of the summer. But something, of course, happened in between.
There are a few reasons why the Montreal Canadiens’ blockbuster swap with the Nashville Predators quickly upstaged the Hall-for-Larsson deal. P.K. Subban and Shea Weber were cornerstones of typically strong teams. Weber was a Canadian Olympic hero, Subban the Norris Trophy winner of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. And since they play the same position, it’s inevitable they’ll be compared for the duration of their careers.
In that spirit, here at the end of their first regular season with their new teams, let’s compare them.
A cheap nhl jerseys authentic few caveats should be noted from the outset. Claiming Weber had a superior season to Subban, as most metrics discussed below indicate, doesn’t mean Weber, who’s four years older and signed through 2025-26, has made Montreal the winner of the trade. And their bodies of work this season are not quite equal: Subban missed 16 games from Dec. 15 to Jan. 20 with an upper-body injury.
That said, Weber has the edge through 2016-17. Here’s why.