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This Date in NHL History

June 29: Subban traded to Predators by Canadiens for Weber

Plus: Montreal acquires Savard; Avalanche take MacKinnon No. 1

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2016: The NHL sees two blockbuster trades and one of its top stars opting to stay with the only team he's ever played for -- all in the span of 23 minutes.

At 3:34 p.m. ET, the New Jersey Devils acquire forward Taylor Hall, the first player picked in the 2010 NHL Draft, in a trade that sends defenseman Adam Larsson to the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils make the trade in hopes of getting an offensive boost; the Oilers need help on the blue line. Hall wins the Hart Trophy in 2017-18, when he helps the Devils qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Just 20 minutes later, the Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens complete an even bigger one-for-one trade. The Predators send defenseman Shea Weber, their longtime captain, to the Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban.

Three minutes after that, word comes that forward Steven Stamkos has decided to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the only team he's played for since being chosen with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Stamkos signs an eight-year contract with the Lightning.

Video: Subban-Weber, Hall-Larsson traded, Stamkos re-signs



1968: Forward Theo Fleury is born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Despite putting up big offensive numbers in junior hockey, Fleury's lack of height (5-foot-6) leads many teams to doubt he can play in the NHL. The Calgary Flames take him in the eighth round (No. 166) in the 1987 NHL Draft. By the middle of the 1988-89 season, Fleury is in the NHL and helps the Flames win the only Stanley Cup in their history that spring. Fleury spends 10-plus seasons with Calgary before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in March 1999. He signs with the New York Rangers that summer, plays three seasons with them and one with the Chicago Blackhawks. He finishes his NHL career with 455 goals and 1,088 points in 1,084 games.


1990: Ten years after passing on center Denis Savard with the top pick in the 1980 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens bring him home in a trade that sends defenseman Chris Chelios to the Blackhawks. Savard, a Montreal native, isn't the scorer he was in Chicago (five 100-point seasons), but he helps the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1993. Chelios, a Chicago native, also returns home after spending seven seasons with Montreal. He stays with Chicago for nearly five seasons before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings. Chelios retires in 2010 after 1,651 games and 948 points (185 goals, 763 assists); he plays on three Cup-winning teams.


2018: Todd Reirden is hired as coach by the Washington Capitals. Reirden, an associate coach, replaces Barry Trotz, who resigns 11 days after guiding the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship since entering the NHL in 1974. Reirden is the first to take over a Cup-winning team since Dave Lewis is named coach of the Detroit Red Wings after Scotty Bowman retires following their championship run in 2002.

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