In a 23 minute span on Wednesday afternoon, the NHL axis was spinning out of control after two major trades and a free agent signing that many thought might not happen.
The Edmonton Oilers started it off when they traded forward Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenceman Adam Larsson. Hall was the first pick of the 2010 NHL draft, but it was thought by hockey insiders that Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle would have to be traded to get the Oilers the blueline help they desperately are seeking. While it is believed Larsson is not the defenceman the Oilers covet, the team had to rid cap space for what is the expected free agent signing of Milan Lucic on July 1.
Moments after that deal was announced, the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators traded all-star defencemen as P.K Subban heads to Nashville with Shea Weber joining the Habs.
As hockey experts tried to wind those two deals in their heads, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steve Stamkos announced the all-star winger will not be going to free agency as he has signed an 8 year, 68 million dollar contract.
Some in the hockey world felt Stamkos would not come to terms with the Lightning and perhaps join the Toronto Maple Leafs when NHL free agency begins Friday.