Shea Weber is a crucial factor why the Canadiens'power play is enhanced this season. (Associated Press

)But most notably, under Weber's captaincy, there is the sense that this group's outcomes are surpassing its skill. Last season-- Weber's first with the 'C'-- the Habs were pegged by many experts to end up near the bottom of the standings. Rather, the Canadiens had 96 points and just barely missed out on the playoffs.

That momentum appears to have actually rollovered to this season as the group has played with a never-say-die spirit. Down two goals? They've been there and they've shown they can return and win.

A lot of that boils down to Weber's leadership both on and off the ice and fans value it.

The other factor for Habs fans to feel better about the trade nowadays is that on the ice things aren't trending in the ideal instructions for Subban.

The first year following the trade, Subban played fantastic hockey as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup last. By the end of his third season, Nashville was all set to move on and this time his exit wasn't marked with smash hit deal. The Predators needed the cap area so he was delivered off to New Jersey for a pair of prospects and a couple draft choices.

Possibly Subban felt he had something to show, because in the early days with the Devils he seemed to be trying to do excessive on the ice. It wasn't uncommon to see Subban out of position while he attempted to land a success and his signature ability to utilize his superior skating skills to move the puck up the ice wasn't as sharp.

Things seem improving as he's settled into his new environments and role in New Jersey. But Habs fans searching can't help however wonder if the magic he when had in Montreal is all used up.

Off the ice, Subban has actually supposedly handled a more senior player function in the Devils locker room compared to his time in Nashville or Montreal. There are fewer reporters' microphones in his face every day and he seems less the polarizing figure that he was accused of remaining in the past.

The story of the Subban-Weber trade has moved onto its second act.

It's fair to state that Montreal lost the first act. From the public-relations fight off the ice to the item on the ice, Subban had the edge. His Predators competed for the Stanley Cup and his devoted fans in Montreal longed for the days when he wowed them night after night at the Bell Centre.

The man-mountain defenceman has actually worked his way into the hearts of fans with his play. Last season-- Weber's first with the 'C'-- the Habs were pegged by many experts to finish near the bottom of the standings. The first year following the trade, Subban played fantastic hockey as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup last. Off the ice, Subban has supposedly taken on a more senior gamer role in the Devils locker space compared to his time in Nashville or Montreal. I do like this.

Even today at the Bell Centre-- 3 and a half years after P.K. Subban was traded-- you do not need to attempt that hard to find a fan sporting a No. 76 jersey.

Getting someone to say the offer was an error, however, is ending up being harder. There appears to have actually been a sluggish shift in how fans see it.

In the start there was a great deal of anger over Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin's decision to trade the group's most popular player and the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner. Wearing his jersey to the arena-- for some-- suggested demonstration versus Habs management.

Now the jersey seems more like a tribute than protest. It appears Habs fans are lastly coming around to the concept that Bergevin might have been right.

And Shea Weber, the player Subban was traded for, is the biggest reason the anger among Habs fans over the trade has subsided.

The man-mountain defenceman has worked his way into the hearts of fans with his play. He's healthy this season and it reveals. The power play, which was among the worst in the league last season, finally has some mojo and Weber is mostly responsible for piloting that unit.

P.K. Subban has struggled to discover a groove with his brand-new Devils colleagues. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Weber's greatest achievement with the Habs over that same duration was a first-round at the hands of the New York Rangers in the spring of 2017.

It's early, however up until now the 2nd act seems to be leaning in Montreal's favour.

The 3rd act-- how does this offer look a couple of year from now-- is to come. At age 30, Subban is four years younger than Weber. Will Weber play till completion of his contract? Will Subban remain a leading defenceman in the NHL?

The end of this trilogy is yet to be composed.

There is however, one clear winner that we can recognize currently-- the Montreal Children's Hospital. Subban's dedication to them has actually never ever wavered given that the day he vowed to raise $10 million dollars and they put his name on the atrium.