Chiarelli: 'I'm not trading Malcolm Subban'

Chiarelli: 'I'm not trading Malcolm Subban'
March 27, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Teams that have been engaged in trade talks with the Bruins have been sending out the message for weeks that both 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban and playmaking rookie center Ryan Spooner are “untouchables” in trade discussions. It’s become a bigger bone of contention over the last few days as sources have consistently indicated to Subban is one of the Bruins’ assets that Calgary GM Jay Feaster is enamored with as part of the package sought in exchange for superstar winger Jarome Iginla.

Chiarelli took it one step further and went public with it on Wednesday telling 98.5 the Sports Hub morning team “Toucher and Rich” that he won’t be dealing the 19-year-old goalie prospect.

“I could tell you this, I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said on Wednesday. “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 went on to admit that Subban is probably two or three years away from actually being ready to contribute at the NHL level, but the pedigree is clearly there for the 24th overall selection to become a puck-stopping superstar. The family bloodlines are there obviously with older brother P.K. Subban already an All-Star level defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens, and Subban was the starting backstop for Team Canada in last year’s World Junior tournament.

He finished the season 29-11-4 for the Belleville Bulls in the OHL with a .934 save percentage, a 2.14 goals against average and five shutouts, and one Bruins talent evaluator called him “the real deal” when asked about his future prospects. With the Calgary Flames looking for a pair of prospects and a first round pick as the bounty for the 35-year-old Iginla, it would make sense that Feaster is looking for something in the neighborhood of Subban, Jordan Caron and a first round pick.

It might also seem reasonable that the Bruins would be willing to deal Subban in the right swap of players given that 26-year-old Tuukka Rask is about to ink a long extension with the Bruins. Beyond Rask, Anton Khudobin has proven himself NHL caliber as at least a backup goalie this season and Swedish free agent goalie Niklas Svedberg has dominated for the Providence Bruins this season.

The Bruins would actually like to get the 24-year-old Svedberg up for a few NHL games at the end of this season, and perhaps see how he might fit into their plans moving forward after putting up a 30-win season in the AHL.

It looks like Chiarelli and the Bruins are going to hold onto all their goalie prospects, however, and keep Subban despite some high demand elsewhere around the league for the 19-year-old netminder.