Subban: Never given explanation on trade from Canadiens

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P.K. Subban has been left without an answer.

Sixteen months after the trade that sent him to Nashville for former Predators captain Shea Weber, the star blue-liner is left wondering what led to his exit from the Montreal Canadiens organization.

"It's just hilarious when people ask me the question, 'Why do you think you were traded?'," Subban told Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette.

"You know what? Let's get a panel. We can get (Canadiens owner) Geoff Molson, we can get (general manager) Marc Bergevin, we can get (former coach) Michel Therrien. We can get the whole front office and we can just throw those questions at them."

Talk of the blockbuster trade has resurfaced with the Predators and Canadiens set to square off Wednesday in Nashville, marking just the third time the two sides have met since the deal unfolded.

A back injury sidelined Subban for one of last season's games, but he was in the lineup for the Predators' 2-1 loss to the Canadiens on Mar. 2, a game in which he picked up an assist, while Weber was held off the scoresheet.

Subban finished last season with 40 points in 66 games, while Weber tallied 42 points in 78 outings.

A deal which many pundits felt favored the Predators nearly reached its tipping point last spring when the Predators advanced the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Subban was a key factor in that playoff run, and his presence in Montreal was evidently missed as the Canadiens fell in the opening round of playoff action.

"The reality is that I didn't ask to be traded," Subban added. "I don't know. I never got an explanation for it."

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