P.K. Subban poses with fans in Nashville (via Nashville Predators)
P.K. Subban pulled on a Nashville Predators jersey for the first time Sunday, and in typical Subban style he had some fun on his first day in his new hometown.
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.
It’s a bit jarring to see Subban in a jersey other than the Canadiens sweater he wore for the first seven seasons of his career, but Predators fans assuredly think Subban looks much better in yellow than he ever did in red.
The acquisition is arguably the biggest in Predators history, especially with Subban only now entering the prime years of his career. Over the course of 434 games, Subban has 63 goals and 278 points and has consistently been a top-pairing defender in Montreal. Subban’s point total alone would make him the fifth-highest scoring player in Predators history, and with six years remaining on his deal, he’ll have ample time to work his way up Nashville’s all-time scorers list.
Subban is one of the most exciting defenders to watch in the league and one of the most effective. With his mix of personality and play style, he already looks like he’ll fit perfectly in Music City.
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