In a matter of minutes, social media blew up with some of the most anticipated news of Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, P.K. Subban, and Shea Weber. I don’t think a lot of us saw it coming, but it happened and now we’re dealing with the aftermath while on the cusp of free agency.
Steven Stamkos has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning after an extended period of questioning what he would do next and where he would end up due to his forth-coming unrestricted free agency. The mystery has been solved and Stamkos has decided to stay with the Lightning after signing an 8-year, $68 million dollar contract. In my opinion, seeing Stamkos in anything but a Lightning uniform would seem unnatural and I’m glad he will remain the face of the Tampa Bay team.
The Oilers have finally made a move! After many years of being idle after their first overall picks in the draft, the Edmonton team has traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenceman Adam Larsson. Hall, one of their top picks in the past few years, has earned himself 65 points in 82 games last season and will be a welcome offensive leader for the Devils. In return, the Oilers now have Larsson who tallied 18 points in 82 games last season. I have a feeling that this move was to make room on the Oilers for a top defenseman. Time will tell and we will wait and see.
The Montreal Canadiens have traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. Weber is a guy any team would be lucky to have. I don’t care that he’s over 30 and not playing like when he was 21. No one over the age of 30 plays like their 21! Look at Jagr. He’s not only over 30, he’s over 40 and still one of the greatest players in the league – and yet no one is hatin’ on him because he doesn’t play like he did when he was 21. Weber is a machine in spite of his numbers and I’d be happy to have him on my team. If he’s mismanaged to the point of no return, that’s something completely different and that’s on the Habs organization, but mismanagement isn’t guaranteed. Only time will tell. Subban is one of those hockey characters who you love to hate and hate to love. He’s got an amazing personality that shines through in every aspect of his life, he’s a young d-man who everyone would want to play with but not against, and he’s appreciative of his time in hockey. He actually seems to enjoy it. It’s not just an obligatory job to him. His stats keep getting better every year and he’s fun to watch. I think the Predators will realize sooner rather than later that Subban is an asset to any team. My only question is, will Subban fit in with Predators style of hockey? Again, only time will tell.