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Chiarelli: ‘I’m not trading Malcolm Subban’

Mar 27, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Just in case you didn’t hear him the first time, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said it twice.

“I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub today. “He’s young, a very good goalie prospect and I see him being a big part of our future. We have some goalie depth, but I can tell you I’m not trading Malcolm Subban.”

Chiarelli made the declaration after Subban’s name surfaced in trade rumors related to Calgary captain Jarome Iginla.

Subban, 19, was drafted 24th overall by the Bruins in June. As his draft position suggests, he’s one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey.

Of course, the Bruins already have an excellent goalie in Tuukka Rask. In fact, he may end up winning the Vezina Trophy this season.

But Rask’s future with the club remains somewhat in the air. The 26-year-old is a pending restricted free agent. And while there’s been talk of a long-term extension, nothing has been signed yet.

Besides, we all know how quickly a goalie can fall out of favor in the NHL. It’s never a bad idea to have a highly touted up-and-comer in the organization.

  1. sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Then you’re not getting Iginla.

    • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Not necessarily true.

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Yeah. The Flames have some serious goalie prospects coming down the pipeline they don’t really need Subban.

      • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        That’s what I heard. Calgary may be losing their starting goalie so it’s natural for people to think they want to replace him but I’m not so sure they want to do that with a prospect who is 2-3 years away. Also, it doesn’t have to happen with the Iginla trade. If they are going to re-tool like we all expect them too, they can get the goalie later, if that’s what they want. Just saying Subban isn’t nec. the deal-breaker people assume he is. It’s a media driven rumor.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    They don’t need him ( iginla )

    • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Not at the asking price, they don’t.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Not since the accident.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I wonder if the Flames would consider Khudobin as part of the deal? I know Subban is considered a top prospect and Khudobin is not, but he’s 26, about the same age as Kiprusoff was when they got him from San Jose. And Khudobin has actually put up better numbers this season than Kipper did with the Sharks. I know Khudobin has a very talented team in front of him and he doesn’t quite have the same pedigree as Kiprusoff, but as part of package deal it might make sense. The only issue is who would then backup Rask? Just a thought. With the way Khudobin has played you’d think he’d be on Feaster’s radar.

    • bcisleman - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      BOS could sign a FA this summer. There are a number of high profile FA Gs unsigned as yet. W/o Subban, BOS would really have to pile on some assets to make it worthwhile.

    • The Hockey Fan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Boston has 0 goal tenders just to tell you. (that can play at the show level). Not a great risk for the Flames to take a goaltender whos contract ends at the end of the year. Plus the Flames have plenty of goalies with talent.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Then why does Feaster insist on a goalie in return? Leland Irving doesn’t look like the heir apparent to Kiprusoff.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        huh?

      • The Hockey Fan - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        typo. signed for next year. sorry.

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I have to ask…..who would have believed that anyway? My case starts and ends with Boston using a 1st rd pick on a goaltender last year, just to trade him? Seems logical.

  5. bcisleman - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    CAL would be foolish to deal Iggy and not get either a franchise G of the future or an elite prospect. Probably means they deal with LAK for Bernier now.

    • aldog83 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      No way Kings Trade Bernier to Division rival just to face him for years to come.!

  6. tdrusher225 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    My question is would the Bruins get better value for Subban now or later?

    • stakex - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Impossible to tell. One things for sure… he has decent trade value right now. Once he makes the jump to the pro level, anything can happen.

      I still think the bigger question in all of this is why did Boston use a 1st round pick on a goalie when they already have one of the best goalies in the NHL, who is only 26? If they have plans to keep Rask long term, its a bit early to start planning for his replacement. After all, if Subban is NHL ready in two years hes not going to want to play second fiddle to Rask for years. He will want a shot at a strating job, and Boston will have to end up trading him anyway.

      Unless of course Boston doesn’t see Rask in their long term plans…. just a little something to think about.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        I think they do see Rask as the long-term goalie, but I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to bolster your goaltending depth. Plus you never know what could happen with Rask (injury, underperformance, contract disputes, etc.) and it never hurts to have a back up plan.

        Plus if things work out with Rask, but Subban still turns into a good player, he could be a pretty nice trade asset. Which is why I’m wondering when his value will be highest?

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Subban is only 19 so he’s most likely 4-5 years away from playing in the NHL though

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