According to Darren Dreger, Peter Chiarelli hasn’t spoken to Montreal in regards to a trade for PK Subban and likely never will. Why rain on our parade, bro?
If you were hoping for that PK Subban trade to go through this summer you could be disappointed. Darren Dreger appeared on TSN 690 on Tuesday and declared that the Oilers and Habs are not talking about Subban and likely won’t be, at least this summer. From the horse’s mouth:
“Specific to Edmonton, I mean Peter Chiarelli just told me point blank there’s been no conversation. Very likely wouldn’t be any conversation. This is all just industry fodder that you guys, and he’s talking to me, want to talk about when things are slow.”
My first question off the jump would be why wouldn’t they talk about Subban? There have been rumblings about him being on the outs in Montreal for a few months now, and you’d expect that Chiarelli would have, at least, picked up the phone and investigated a little bit. Frankly, anything less than checking to see if the rumours are true shows a Tambellini-esque level of incompetence. Is Chiarelli just keeping his cards close to his vest? You’d have to think so if he’s talking to a guy that publicizes rumours and NHL insider info for a living.
“All I can tell you is what was the latest round (it was) Taylor Hall and something out of Edmonton for PK Subban. You know, when these things surface, as Insiders we have to get to a source who is either going to completely dismiss or verify that there’s at least the potential or if there’s a chance that Subban can get traded.”
To me, this quote looks like Dreger asked Chiarelli if he had spoken to Bergevin about Subban and ol’ Pete said no. My counter to Dreger’s point would be to ask why Chiarelli would just go ahead and volunteer that information in the first place when he knows full well that Dreger would talk about it? I can tell you this for sure, if I’ve got super sneaky secret plans I’m not going to go ahead and leak them to the guy with a megaphone in his hand. I’m going to keep it on the DL, ya know? This is some deep web kinda shit we’re talking about.
So what else did Dreger say?
“So I still think that long shot at best doesn’t even describe how far-fetched that might be, specific to Subban.”
Yeah? Tell that to August 9th, 1988. BOOM! Nailed it.
It is worth nothing that PK Subban’s no trade clause kicks in on July 1st, and I think a lot of these rumours about moving him are likely to do with that deadline. If Montreal is actually dumb enough to move the former Norris winner their best odds of maximizing a return would happen before that date. Makes sense, right? We hear the same kind of thing every year about potentially moving player X before their bonus kicks in, or player Y because of a no-trade.
As much as I would want Subban anchoring the defense around the Y-E-G it always seemed more like a pipe dream than an actually thing that could legitimately happen. Delusions aside, it is fun to dream and argue about ways to improve the hockey team and trading for Subban would certainly fit the bill even if it is unlikely.