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Could Shea Weber and P.K. Subban Get Moved At The Trade Deadline?

The two guys who got swapped for each other nearly six years ago are back in the rumor mill for different reasons.
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On June 29, 2016, the Montreal Canadiens stunned the hockey world by shipping P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. Nearly six years later, the two defensemen have surfaced in the NHL rumor mill.

Weber is on long-term injury reserve amid speculation his playing career could be over. Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the Canadiens were trying to move the 36-year-old's contract, which runs through 2025-26 with a $7.857-million annual salary-cap hit. However, Friedman observed he'll only earn $6 million in total actual salary over the remainder of his deal.

Friedman suggested Weber's contract could interest cap-strapped teams seeking LTIR room or budget clubs looking to reach next season's cap floor. The Athletic's Michael Russo proposed the Minnesota Wild should consider it an option to get out of the salary-cap hell they're facing over the next three seasons from buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last summer.

Friedman, however, cited several capologists expressing doubt the Wild could go for it as it would prevent them from accruing cap space. Russo's colleague Marc Antoine Godin felt a low-spending rebuilding club like the Arizona Coyotes would be a more suitable destination for Weber's contract.

Meanwhile, Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun the club won't be offering Subban a new contract. He could move the 32-year-old pending unrestricted free agent for the right offer.

Cap Friendly indicates Subban carries a $9-million salary-cap hit and is earning $8 million in actual salary. However, he's only earning $2 million after receiving $6 million as a signing bonus at the start of the season. Given the decline in his performance in recent years, interested clubs could ask the Devils to retain part of his remaining cap hit to facilitate a deal. 

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