)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.