Hockey fans in Canada were flabbergasted after the Montreal Canadiens dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, announcing P.K. Subban's trade to the Nashville Predators.
The star defenceman will be exchanged for Nashville's Shea Weber — a "dumb" trade that made little sense to many and triggered a wave of mixed feelings on social media.
So that Subban trade really happened, eh?— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) June 30, 2016
imagine loving a city as much as pk subban loves montreal and doing everything for a team and getting traded like this marc bergevin you pos— sophia tutu (@langluy) June 29, 2016
This Subban trade is so dumb for Montreal...— Dylan Schweizer (@DylanSchweizer) June 29, 2016
I woke up this morning honestly thinking that the PK Subban trade was a horrible, cruel joke. No.. it's just life that's a cruel mistress.— Lexi Brodeur (@lexibrodeur30) June 30, 2016
The news of Subban's move came as U.S. President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a historic speech in the House of Commons. Naturally, the two events quickly became connected and made for some hilarious quips on Twitter:
I say we refuse to let Obama leave Parliament until he forces Nashville to trade back Subban.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) June 29, 2016
no obama no subban— Miss Belfort (@quincyross_) June 29, 2016
life has lost it's purpose
i wouldn't have even traded Subban for Obama— Shan Abbasi (@nightscrabbler) June 29, 2016
President Obama expected to end his speech to Parliament by voicing his disapproval of the PK Subban trade— brand review (@m_brand) June 29, 2016
could obama veto subban trade— Trudeau Googles (@TrudeauGoogles) June 29, 2016
Although Obama didn't bring up Subban in his speech, he did talk about hockey.
"Our only battles take place inside the hockey rink," he said to the House. "Even there, there's an uneasy peace that is maintained."
As for Subban, the 27-year-old said he never wanted to leave the Canadiens, adding that it felt surreal when he heard the news.
"Listen, while I was a Montreal Canadien, there's nothing but fantastic times for me," he said. "I have to say that out of all the fan bases in the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens' fans and community and the province of Quebec has probably embraced me more than any other player has felt in any other city."
With files from The Canadian Press
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