Seconds later I felt much better when I read the crawl at the bottom of the screen. The Devils traded the pick to Nashville - for P.K. Subban!
|Nashville flipped the #34 pick to Philly.|
This doesn't make the Devils Cup contenders or anything - Taylor Hall is still a free agent at the end of the year, the Devils are supermodel-thin on the wings, and after two decades of Martin Brodeur, it sounds odd to say that the Devils' biggest weakness is goaltending. But #1 overall pick Jack Hughes is expected to be a star, and even after the Subban trade the Devils have over $25 million in cap space to throw at a few free agents.
P.K. did have a down year in '18-19, and the Preds understandably wanted to shed his superstar salary after a year of pedestrian production. That's why he was available. Nearly every decent NHL player has a no-trade or no-movement clause, so unless you're Toronto or Pittsburgh it's nearly impossible to acquire a superstar player in their prime.
There may have been a little foreshadowing to this, when Subban appeared on ESPN's First take to discuss the NBA Finals. Listen to P.K. compare the Raptors to a certain Stanley Cup winner at about 1:35:
I didn't see this at the time (I only watch ESPN for Around the Horn/PTI) I actually caught it on a Devils blog in which the writer stops himself from reading too much into P.K.'s comment.
In other news...I used the $3 off eBay coupon to pick up another single for my Exquisite set build. The PWE had a hole in it and the top loader was cracked, but the card is okay:
This Claude Giroux cost me $1.75 after tax & shipping. He's been a Flyers star for over a decade, but as was mentioned during this year's NHL Draft, he'll always be remembered for this draft day blunder by Bobby Clarke:
I did get one trade in the mail, but I'm expecting a couple more so I'll save them for a card trade recap post. I'm headed out to the Walgreens this morning - which was a Rite Aid until recently - to grab some shipping supplies and investigate these Walgreens Yellow parallels I've heard very little about...
Thanks for reading!