Subban talks trade: ‘You have to be willing to take the heat’

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

In his first television appearance since being dealt to the Nashville Predators, P.K. Subban sat down with Sportsnet’s Eric Engels in Montreal to discuss his time with the Canadiens and talk about the trade that shook the hockey world.

“It was a dream come true for me to play with the Montreal Canadiens, and the sad thing is that my promise to the city of bringing a Stanley Cup back and wanting to win one, I won’t be able to fulfill that promise,” Subban said during Tuesday’s exclusive interview.

The star defenceman spoke openly about his love for the city of Montreal and his time with the storied franchise that he grew up rooting for, but acknowledged the business side of things.

“This is a business. We can’t forget that,” Subban said. “I’ve always looked at it that way — that I could very well be traded like anybody else on the team,” he said. “I just tried to work as hard as I could on the ice to not make that happen.”

“I know I’m not perfect,” he said. “But at the end of the day, you have to be willing to take the heat.”

Watch Part One of the two-part interview at the top of this post, and catch the second instalment Wednesday night on Sportsnet Central beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

An extended version of the full sitdown interview will also be available on on Thursday.

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