Watch Subban vow to keep fundraising for Children’s Hospital in tear-jerking video

Jared Clinton
P.K. Subban (via Twitter)

P.K. Subban made a big commitment to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in September 2015, pledging to raise $10 million for the hospital over the next seven years. And though a trade to the Nashville Predators had some wondering if Subban would continue his drive to $10 million for the hospital, the former Montreal Canadiens blueliner announced via Twitter that he “will never stop” fundraising for the Children’s Hospital.

The video, which features children and parents at the hospital reading a letter Subban had penned, features a young boy delivering the letter to patients wearing one of the custom ‘Just For Laughs’ jerseys that Subban sold as part of his most recent fundraising event, a gala during the world-renowned comedy festival.

As the letter is read out by the children and parents, Subban says that just because he’s moving to Nashville “doesn’t mean (his) commitment to…the hospital is going to change one bit.” Read more

Subban makes jokes about Bergevin, Therrien at comedy gala, raises $130,000 for charity

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P.K. Subban (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

P.K. Subban may be a Nashville Predator, but he still had some work to take care of in Montreal, including hosting an All-Star Comedy Gala at the Just For Laughs comedy festival Monday.

Subban’s appearance and hosting of the gala was part of his commitment to raise $10-million over seven years for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The gala marked the first time Subban had made a major public appearance in Montreal since his trade to the Predators days before free agency opened, and, according to NHL.com’s Arpon Basu, Subban received a two-minute standing ovation from the crowd of roughly 3,000. That same crowd got to witness Subban making light of the trade and taking a few jabs at his former team.

One of the first things Subban told the crowd was that he was thankful for the way the people and fans in Montreal embraced him. And those who didn’t? Well, Subban said, “those are the people who traded me,” according to CBC’s Douglas Gelevan. Read more

Calle Jarnkrok’s six-year, $12-million deal with Predators is baffling after career year

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Calle Jarnkrok (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Calle Jarnkrok is a young, versatile player coming off of a career-best 16-goal, 30-point season. He took a big step forward for the Predators in 2015-16 and was the sixth-highest scoring forward Nashville had in their lineup.

So, when Jarnkrok elected to file for arbitration this off-season, it wouldn’t have been all that strange were he looking for a short-term deal that would give him the chance to prove himself and earn his big payday when he was up for free agency once again. Instead, he signed a six-year, $12-million contract that could prove to be an incredibly team-friendly deal in no time.

But for as team-friendly as the deal is for the Predators, it’s equally as strange for Jarnkrok. Sure, he’s certain to have an NHL deal for the foreseeable future, but he may have greatly undervalued what he could be worth in only a few years’ time and given up potentially millions in salary. Read more

Signing bonuses could become next CBA battleground

Jamie Benn (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the NHL announced last fall its seven-year partnership that will see adidas become its official outfitter starting next season, your trusty correspondent asked commissioner Gary Bettman whether the deal would be extended by a year if there were another labor dispute. Bettman responded with a one-word answer.

“Really?” Bettman asked, with a good amount of offense and incredulity. Well, about as much offense and incredulity as someone who has shut down the game three times in the past 20 years could muster.

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So is Shea Weber actually an ‘average’ NHL defenseman?

Shea Weber and P.K. Subban at the 2016 All-Star Skills Competition (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Some things in life are not terribly fair. And in the case of the P.K. Subban trade, much of the trade has become a referendum on the merits of Shea Weber. Last I checked, Weber didn’t ask to be traded to one of the most hockey-mad cities on the planet for a player who was universally loved by its fan base. And former Canadiens analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer, whose comments to thn.com about Weber have landed him in the crosshairs of critics, doesn’t deserve to be put through the wringer the way he has.

I feel badly about the latter. Pfeffer is a 21-year-old who is a bright, hard-working kid who’s doing some groundbreaking work when it comes to analytics. We had a very candid conversation Friday afternoon about the Weber trade, perhaps in retrospect for him, a little too candid. He spoke about the trade of course, but also the place of analytics in the game and how hockey is still finding its way. But the comment that seems to be drawing the most ire was when he said: “There’s nothing wrong with being average in the NHL. An average NHLer is worth a heck of a lot and that’s what Shea Weber is.”

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The five early off-season moves that will have the biggest impact

Brian Elliott (Dilip Vishwanat/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s still nearly three months until the NHL campaign opens, which will leave the league’s 30 teams with ample time to tune and tweak their rosters as opening night approaches.

However, a few teams have made big splashes this off-season. Some have gotten creative, such as the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers, by trading for a player’s exclusive negotiating rights to ink them to a deal before free agency opened, while others have gone the more traditional route, like the Boston Bruins, who shelled out a five-year, $30-million deal to David Backes.

Meanwhile, some clubs have gone the trade route, with the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators linking up to make one-for-one deals that both teams hope will improve their situations going forward.

And though there are still a number of free agents who could sign and make a difference next season, the biggest names are off the market. So here are the five off-season moves that have been made (so far) that will have the biggest impact this coming season: Read more

‘Analytics hasn’t reached maturity in the NHL yet': Matt Pfeffer

Shea Weber and P.K. Subban at the 2016 All-Star Skills Competition (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Matt Pfeffer had made peace with the fact that the Montreal Canadiens were going to trade star defenseman P.K. Subban. But he didn’t think dealing Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber was a good idea and he made his feelings known to Canadiens management. But Pfeffer is not convinced that is why his contract as an analytics consultant with the Canadiens was not renewed.

“They didn’t tell me it was over that,” Pfeffer told thn.com. “But I guess everyone knows now where I stood on the Subban-Weber trade. There are times when there’s some possibility that there would be another side to the argument, but this was one of those things where it was so, so far outside what could be considered reasonable. I made a pretty strong case, but I made the case that the analytics made. This wasn’t a personal thing.”

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P.K. Subban arrives in Nashville for the first time, sings Johnny Cash

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P.K. Subban poses with fans in Nashville (via Nashville Predators)

P.K. Subban touched down in Nashville for the first time as a member of the Predators on Sunday, though it’d be hard to tell because Subban looks like he fit right in.

Subban, 27, was acquired by the Predators on June 29 — days before a no-movement clause was set to kick in on his contract. The deal was an earth-shaker, one which sent Nashville captain and two-time Olympian Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens, but with the dust finally starting to settle on the trade, Subban took the opportunity to head to his new home and pull on a Predators jersey for the first time.

“It feels good to be in Smashville,” Subban said. “Wearing this jersey just feels right.”

His day in Nashville was about more than simply wearing the jersey, though. Subban took to the stage at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to serenade Predators fans with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which the Predators captured for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Read more