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Subban ready to go for Devils, breaks out 'The Rock' water bottle

Defenseman leaves heartfelt thank you for Predators, shows he's pumped for New Jersey

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

P.K. Subban is ready to head to New Jersey. Now all he needs is some Devils gear.

The newest Devils defenseman, acquired via trade with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, had to get creative in a video he posted to Instagram because, as he admitted, he has no Devils merch.

The closest Subban could come to Devils swag was a red and black water bottle with the logo of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

It was a clever play considering The Rock, otherwise known as Prudential Center, will be Subban's new venue for home games. He also wore a Red Bull hat, a nod to the New York Red Bulls that play in nearby Harrison, New Jersey.

"You guys know the deal," Subban said. "I'm a Devil. Let's go! It's on! ... I don't got any (Devils) merch yet. To all of the fans that go to The Rock, Prudential Center every night to support the New Jersey Devils, can you smell what The Rock is cooking? ... I just want to tell you guys, are you guys ready for The Subbanator, because I'm ready to go!"

Instagram from @subbanator: #Smashville - I love you! Thank you to the @predsnhl team, teammates, fans and community for embracing me over the past three years. Ready for this next chapter... @njdevils are you ready for the Subbanator? 😈☝🏿👀 @therock

Subban also found the perfect photo for his Twitter profile, despite his lack of Devils apparel. New Jersey also assured him that his new merch is waiting for him.

Tweet from @PKSubban1: #NewProfilePic

Tweet from @NJDevils: We���re happy to have you, @PKSubban1! Don���t worry, we���ll hook you up with some #NJDevils merch 🤣

Subban spent spent three seasons in Nashville, helping the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, and seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before that. Subban thanked everyone in the organization, specifically GM David Poile, coach Peter Laviolette and captain Roman Josi.

He also shouted out his Blueline Buddies program, which paired up young Nashville residents with local police officers to attend Predators games together.

"I just want to thank you guys for your continued professionalism over the past three years and believing in me and giving me an opportunity," Subban said in the video posted to Instagram and Twitter. "I believe we got close to our goal, didn't achieve what we wanted while I was there and that hurts, but … you guys have an amazing group of players … and I know those guys are going to give everything they have every night."

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