Wednesday’s roundup: Subban, Weber switch teams
The Predators pulled off a blockbuster Wednesday before the start of free agency, acquiring P.K. Subban from the Canadiens for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.
Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury. The offensive-minded, dynamic 27-year-old has 63 goals and 215 assists in 434 career games, all with the Canadiens.
Weber, who turns 31 on Aug. 14, had been with Nashville since the start of his NHL career in 2005. He signed a $110 million, 14-year offer sheet with Philadelphia as a restricted free agent in 2012, but Nashville matched it to keep him.
The three-time Norris Trophy finalist was a team captain and had 20 goals and 31 assists last season.
Oilers make a move
The Devils have acquired former No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall from the Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson.
The trade gives the goal-starved Devils an exciting young left wing who was the No. 1 pick overall in 2014. The Oilers get a solid defenseman who was the No. 4 overall selection in 2011 — and a chance to go after free agent Milan Lucic.
The Blue Jackets took care of one of their biggest offseason priorities by signing defenseman Seth Jones to a $32.4 million, six-year contract.
Jones, a pending restricted free agent, will count $5.4 million against the salary cap through the 2020-21 season.
After using up significant cap space to sign Jones, the Blue Jackets bought out the final two years of defenseman Fedor Tyutin’s contract. He was set to count $4.5 million against the cap, and this move saves almost $3.3 million.
Regarding the coming Las Vegas expansion draft, Tyutin was one of six Blue Jackets players with a no-movement clause and thus would have had to be protected, leaving Columbus officials forced to expose some of their stars.
“No-move clauses have to be protected,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “Everybody can draw their conclusion from that.”
... The Blues have signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year extension.
The 32-year-old Brodziak had two goals in the playoffs after totaling 11 points in 76 regular-season games leading the checking line.
... The Wild re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4 million contract.
The deal was done Wednesday, preventing Zucker (13 goals, 10 assists) from becoming a restricted free agent. He will make $2 million in each of the next two seasons.
A native of Las Vegas, Zucker could be among the players the Wild consider leaving unprotected in the expansion draft next summer for the new franchise.
Drafted in the second round in 2010, Zucker has been up and down over the last four years, appearing in 169 games. He had 21 goals in 51 games in the 2014-15 season, interrupted by a broken collarbone.
... The Sabres signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year extension.
... Eric Staal will be looking for a team Friday, but a return to the Hurricanes apparently will not be an option.
Carolina general manager Ron Francis said there had been no contact with Staal, who was traded by the Hurricanes to the Rangers in February.