Former Canadiens analyst Matt Pfeffer clarifies on Subban trade

Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban sits down with Eric Engels to talk about the trade that sent him to the Nashville Predators.

Former Montreal Canadiens analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer had the following statement regarding Sportsnet’s report Wednesday that he made an impassioned presentation to team management opposing the P.K. Subban trade to the Nashville Predators for defenceman Shea Weber.

“Prior to the trade, I submitted a report comparing both players. I made a passionate case in favour of P.K. Subban.

“There was never a meeting with management.

“Ultimately, this is the nature of this kind of work. Management makes their decision based on a variety of criteria. Their evaluation may have been different in this case, but there was consensus on other decisions through my time with the team.”

Pfeffer, 21, was hired as a consultant in the summer of 2015. He was informed Wednesday that his contract would not be renewed.

“The Canadiens treated me with the utmost respect,” said Pfeffer. “They are a world class organization. I understand that they desired to go in a different direction. I was thankful to be a part of their team.”

A member of Montreal Canadiens senior management contacted Sportsnet Thursday morning to state, “We are committed to bolstering our analytics department and are actively in the process of evaluating our options.”

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