By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has apparently treated himself to a weekend, strike that — a full week, in Boston.
Subban’s Boston excursion began on Sunday night with a trip to the TD Garden for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and Celtics. Subban apparently went down to the Cleveland locker room after the game to talk with the Cavaliers’ LeBron James, too, and posted a video of their encounter on Twitter.
In the video, you can hear Subban say to James that he would be wherever the NBA Finals began (Golden State and Houston had yet to play their Game 7 at that point), telling James, “I gotta watch you do your thing.”
Ah, so Subban was just in town for the game. That makes sense and is nothing worth reading into in regards to Subban’s interest in Boston, as celebrities piled in for the late stages of the East’s third-round war. It even gave us an L.L. Cool J sighting.
Subban also made a weekend appearance at Dorchester’s Eire Pub.
But then Subban apparently decided to stick around for another game in town, as he took in Monday’s Memorial Day matinee between the Red Sox and his hometown Blue Jays from the Green Monster. It appears Subban even made it down to the suites before the end of the game for a meet and greet with Red Sox president Sam Kennedy and former Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
Subban fired his Twitter back up on Thursday, though, and posted a video of himself with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara apparently attending classes at Harvard University.
OK, now this is getting entertaining, and you have to wonder if Don Sweeney feverishly texted his team’s captain to see if Subban could give him a call. Hell, I’ve already called the TD Garden pro shop to see if they’ve started printed Subban shirts.
But the Preds, not shy when it comes to making big moves, did not sound like a club willing to move on from No. 76 just yet.
Not after what was perhaps his best season in Nashville, too, as a three-zone threat for the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
“Where’s he going?” Preds coach Peter Laviolette said at Nashville’s year-end press conference when asked about potential Subban trade rumors. “P.K. is here for me. Listen, he’s been here for two years, and we’re moving in a pretty good direction here with him as part of our club. He’s been awesome. His regular season, I thought, was really good. He might have been the best player on our team in the playoffs last year, just with regard to the way he and [Mattias] Ekholm played and defended.”
“I don’t think we’ll have many changes, but there’s always changes —- nobody comes back with exactly the same team,” Predators general manager David Poile, who mentioned Alexei Emelin as the lone Nashville defenseman that would not return to the team for the 2018-19 season, agreed at his press conference. “But our nucleus is solid.”
Of course, this is nothing that’s shocking. The Predators have finagled themselves out of having to move any big contracts — defenseman Ryan Ellis, goaltender Pekka Rinne, and forward Kevin Fiala are due raises in 2019, but with the Preds currently possessing over $20 million in cap space — meaning that Subban’s safe for what should be a lengthy Cup window on Broadway.
But if the Preds were to do the unthinkable and part with Subban, who is on the hook for $9 million per season through 2022, it is worth noting that he does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, and that he seems to enjoy trips to Boston.
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