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Reality sinks in as P.K. Subban skates with Predators for the first time


James OBrien

P.K. Subban seems primed to be a great, great fit for the Nashville Predators.

It’s still a little mind-blowing to realize that the trade actually happened, though.

Tuesday presented the latest reminder of that reality, as Subban geared up for the 2016-17 season by skating with his new teammates for the first time. Despite the considerable talent on hand in Nashville, it’s interesting that the team notes the presence of “almost every NHL regular in attendance.”

Aside from a Filip Forsberg here and a Pekka Rinne there, quite a few key Predators aren’t involved in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Subban, of course, stands as the most glaring omission.

That’s not such a bad thing for the Predators, as it gives their new star more time to get acclimated and means that he’ll deal with less exposure to injury risks. Subban notes that he doesn’t skate too often during the off-season, so this is a useful tune-up overall.

Seriously though, it’s still a little weird to see Subban in a Predators jersey: