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Devils’ P.K. Subban trade rumors involve 2 surprising suitors

P.K. Subban, Devils

Could defenseman P.K. Subban be moved before the 2021-22 NHL season even start? So far, there hasn’t been any significant traction on this front, but there are rumors swirling about that at least two teams are trying to gauge the possibility of the New Jersey Devils saying yes to such a trade, according to Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now.

Multiple NHL sources have confirmed to BHN and NHN that the Boston Bruins, on more than one occasion, have explored what it would take to acquire Subban and at the same time convince the New Jersey Devils to eat at least half of the $9 million cap hit he carries in the final season of his current contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs have also expressed ‘more than lukewarm interest’ in the 2013 Norris Trophy Winner.

Imagining Subban sporting Bruins threads is hard to stomach for many Boston fans, considering he played several seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. At the same time, there must be some level of giddiness for them over a potential Subban trade to Beantown.  Subban is undeniably still one of the most talented players in the NHL today, notwithstanding the fact that he’s 31.

Subban has one year left on his contract that will expire at the end of the 2021-22 NHL season. He’s still due to earn $9 million, and according  to another one of Murphy’s sources, it would take the Devils agreeing to retain “at least half of that cap hit.” ]

If that’s the case, don’t expect Subban to get moved anytime soon. It’s unlikely that the Devils would keep that much financial obligation since the team has over $12 million in cap space.