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Subban says he's not asking Devils for trade despite difficult season

Defenseman says 'I love my teammates here … it's fun to come to the rink'

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P.K. Subban said he hasn't requested to be traded by the New Jersey Devils.

"Listen, in my career to this point, I've never asked for a trade and it's because maybe I'm a little bit old-school that way," the defenseman said prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. "I've learned from a lot of veteran players in the League that put their head down, come to work and do their job. And I'm getting paid to do a job, I have to come and do it every day."

Subban has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 46 games in his first season with New Jersey after being traded by the Nashville Predators at the 2019 NHL Draft.

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The 30-year-old has two seasons remaining on an eight-year contract he signed Aug. 2, 2014, with the Montreal Canadiens, who traded him to the Predators for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29, 2016.

The NHL Trade Deadline is Feb. 24.

"The business is the business, you know?" Subban told TSN. "But as far as me, I love my teammates here, I love the guys, it's a great group, it's fun to come to the rink every day."

The Devils (17-22-7) made a number of offseason moves in an attempt to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in eight seasons -- signing free agent forwards Wayne Simmonds and Nikita Gusev and selecting forward Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft -- but lost their first six games of the season and were 14th in the Eastern Conference.

Forward Taylor Hall, who won the Hart Trophy voted as NHL most valuable player with New Jersey 2017-18, was traded to the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 16. Coach John Hynes was fired and replaced by Alain Nasreddine on Dec. 3, and general manager Ray Shero, who made the trade for Subban, was fired Jan. 12 and replaced by Tom Fitzgerald.

"As frustrating as the season has been on the ice, we actually get fired up and are excited to play every game," Subban said. "I think that's partly because we have young players on our team; some of these guys haven't even played in this arena (Scotiabank Arena) yet. So it's exciting every night to come the rink and know guys have that energy, and I'm an energetic guy, so when you have guys around you that have energy too, it's fun to play the game and go on the road, and I think we're looking at these next games as challenges and we're taking them head on."

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