Tuesday, for whatever reason, was a wild morning for NHL retirements, with former Canadien, Predator and Devil P.K. Subban becoming the third blueliner to announce he's hanging up the skates within a span of hours.
First, Former Cup champion, captain and multi-time All-Star Zdeno Chara announced he'd be inking a 1-day contract with Boston to retire as a Bruin. Hours earlier, NHL "ironman" record holder Keith Yandle announced on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast that he was calling it a career.
Subban followed in his fellow veteran blueliners' footsteps not long after, making his retirement official on social media early Tuesday morning.
Subban spent 13 seasons in the NHL, including seven with Montreal, where he was a two-time All-Star and the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenceman after the Canadiens drafted him 43rd overall in 2007.
The smooth skating, skilled blueliner quarterbacked Montreal's powerplay for years, finishing with 63 goals — including 35 PP markers — and 278 points over seven seasons in Montreal before being flipped to Nashville in 2016 as part of the infamous Shea Weber deal.
The Toronto, Ontario native became an instant star in Nashville after the trade, putting up 44 points in 66 regular season games before helping the Preds make it all the way to their first Stanley Cup final — eventually losing to the Penguins in six games.
His second campaign with the Predators was arguably the best individual season of his career. Subban suited up in all 82 games, averaging 24-plus minutes a night, recording 15 goals, 59 points and a career-high 207 shots on goal en route to another All-star appearance and Norris Trophy nomination.
This picture with my son years ago Epitomizes what PK Subban is all about. An incredible role model. Congratulations on a phenomenal career but thank you for being an even better person. Can’t wait to see you soon ❤️ @PKSubban1 #nhl #nhlalumni pic.twitter.com/Ljh5eCIjML
— Tim Peel (@TimCPeel20) September 20, 2022
Subban was traded to the Devils in 2019 following his third season in Nashville. His icetime, role and production diminished during his three campaigns in New Jersey, but the 33-year-old capped his final season as the 2021-22 King Clancy Trophy winner, which is "awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community."
All in all, Subban finished with 115 goals and 467 points in 834 career regular season games, while adding 62 points in 96 playoff contests. He also collected three All-Star nods, those aforementioned Norris and King Clancy Trophies, and was part of the all-rookie squad in 2010-11.
Subban also won a gold medal as part of Canada's Olympic men's hockey triumph in Sochi in 2014.
Though nothing has been formally announced as of yet, it's widely expected that Subban join the broadcast booth with one of the major networks in Canada or the U.S.
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