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Habs fans dumbfounded, despairing over P.K. Subban trade to Nashville

Montreal Canadiens fans took to Twitter in droves to express their despair over the loss of Subban — the Habs most popular player by a long shot.

Consensus seems to be Montreal Canadiens' loss, Nashville's gain

P.K. Subban was the Habs most popular player by a long shot. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens fans reacted with shock and anger to the news Wednesday afternoon that star Habs defenceman P.K. Subban has been traded to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. 

Subban thanked Montrealers for their support via video.

That message, however, was cold comfort to the many Montrealers who came to love Subban for his spirited style, both on and off the ice.

Top of mind were his contributions to the city, not least of all the $10 million he committed to raising for the Montreal Children's Hospital last year.

P.K. Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators. For Montreal, it's shock and anger all around. 0:56

Subban fans took to Twitter in droves to express their despair and even outrage over the trade.

One fan even went so far as to burn his Habs jersey bearing Subban's name and number 76.

Coderre 'hyperventilating'

Montreal Mayor Denis told reporters Wednesday that the trade "hurts," especially given Subban's involvement with the city.

"He clearly wasn't someone who conformed — he strayed from the beaten path — but he had a magnificent connection with the people of Montreal, and that's why we loved him," Coderre said.

He also tweeted in French that the news had him "hyperventilating," and he wished Subban well. 

 

Bum deal for Habs, fans say

A consensus quickly emerged on Twitter that Nashville came out the winner in the trade, getting a player in his prime for a player many feel is in decline. 

Welcome to Nashville, P.K.!

The Predators' pro shop wasted no time making Subban jerseys available for sale, and the team's official Twitter site said the trade was "incredibly hard" but an improvement.

The team's fans, meanwhile, had mixed feelings, voicing their excitement at acquiring Subban while lamenting Weber's departure.