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Monstrous transaction concluded between the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville eight years ago: David Poile regrets trading Shea Weber

Published February 18, 2024 at 6:13 PM
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One of Marc Bergevin's biggest trades during his tenure at the helm of the Canadiens was certainly the one that sent P.K. Subban to Nashville in return for Shea Weber. The General Manager took a big gamble as 76 was one of the crowd's favorites.

In the end, the former GM of the Canadiens was proven right as Weber, who became the captain of the team, brought the leadership wind that was missing in the club. It all even ended, sadly let's admit it, with a loss in the Stanley Cup final while the veteran was at the end of his rope.

But what about the Predators' side?

Subban ultimately only played three seasons with the Tennessee team before being traded to the New Jersey Devils. However, during his first campaign with the Preds, he helped the club reach the cup final.


David Poile reacts

Recently questioned about this trade on a Nashville radio station, David Poile was willing to give his comments. The newly retired admitted thinking that both teams got what they wanted with this transaction.

However, he would have liked to keep Weber in town.


"In the bigger picture, I wish Shea had never been traded. I'm being very honest with you when I say that." - David Poile

Poile, without totally regretting his action, wished the defender could have finished his career where it all began, in Nashville. Weber is still very much appreciated in Tennessee, as we could see during a recent visit to the city when he was honored as a former member of the Predators.

It feels like he regrets trading Weber, but is still happy to have gotten Subban.


The heart of Shea Weber

Seeing this reception and his many visits to the city, it's also to wonder if Weber ever wanted to go to Montreal. If the answer is no, it didn't show because as the professional he is, he always did his job as it should be.


It wouldn't be surprising to see Weber join the Nashville organization when his player contract comes to an end. We forget, but the former captain of the Canadiens is now a member of the Arizona Coyotes, and his contract won't expire until the end of the 2025-2026 campaign...
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February 18   |   741 answers
Monstrous transaction concluded between the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville eight years ago: David Poile regrets trading Shea Weber

With hindsight, who do you think won the trade?

Montreal (Weber)49566.8 %
Nashville (Subban)658.8 %
Both of them18124.4 %
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