Blackhawks Re-Sign Malcolm Subban

On Friday the Blackhawks announced the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Malcolm Subban on a two-year contract with an $850,000 salary cap hit.

Chicago acquired Subban from Vegas in the deal sending Robin Lehner to the Golden Knights. He officially played one minute for the Blackhawks before the pandemic shutdown.

Subban will turn 27 on Dec. 21 of this year, roughly ten days before the expected beginning of the 2021 NHL regular season. He was originally a first round pick (#24 overall) by the Boston Bruins in 2012.

In 66 career regular season games, Subban has a .899 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average. He appeared in 20 games for the Golden Knights last year, posting an .890 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average.

Re-signing Subban would give the Blackhawks three netminders hypothetically competing to replace Corey Crawford between the pipes. Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen were mentioned by Stan Bowman on Thursday as potential heirs to the crease in Chicago; neither has an NHL resume that makes one think they’re ready for top billing on a team hoping to make the playoffs, much less compete for a championship.

15 thoughts on “Blackhawks Re-Sign Malcolm Subban

  1. …our goalie of the future…

    Looks like the costco liquor department is going to be on a first name basis with me next season.

  2. So does this mean Stan now has his goalies and he won’t be looking to sign a free agent? If so, wouldn’t it be great if without a real NHL goalie we crash out of the gate next year and Stan gets canned. I would like that.

    I support the rebuild, but it should have been set in motion three years ago after Nashville squashed us in the playoffs and furthermore I don’t know how the guy most responsible for creating the mess is supposed to be the guy who gets us out of it.

  3. Ian, I hope not. I think it’s important to set a course and then stick to it. It’s OK to make course corrections as situations call for it, but going back to Crawford is not a course correction – it would be capitulation against the so-called new direction.

  4. This shows without a doubt that the Hawks will play many kids in the coming years.
    Very happy about that and hope they will not get another old player and sign him for 5-7 years.
    Please built with the kids and let them have fun and learn with the top players we already have. We now have 4 goalies Under contract we don’t need another one .

  5. Not surprising. I imagine they are still working out the team and having some goalie signed is better than the two prospects with basically zero nhl experience. Condensed schedule means backup goalies seeing more action. I expect all three goalies see action this year. Expansion draft on horizon.

    Look Crawford was in my eyes in the top five goalies in the league. He was offered something and turned it down. We can praise or even criticize crow all day. Moving on from Crawford for this post.

    The contract is friendly so long as subban isnt a total dumpster fire. Given the compact season I’ll bet right now some teams, and I mean other than the Blackhawks, have goalie problems and will be looking for a trade partner. Happens every year. I bet more so this year.
    Question: should the other goalies(lankinen or addition) do well what’s the situation with either Delia or Subban in terms of cap hit should they be waivered and sent to minors? Assuming they clear waivers of course

    Notable still free agent goalies left
    Anderson. May want to play for his hometown one more time for cheap.

    Miller veteran would serve as backup
    Neither fit the youth movement but both could serve as decent backup goalies and either could fetch a return at the trade deadline….nothing neither did last year….and colorado would have benefitted from either but hindsight is 20/20

  6. Silent teams can bury any caphit up to 1.075m in minors any amount over and above that counts against the cap.

    The way i look at it, next year is perfect time to figure out your goalie situation until Comesso is expected to be ready in 5 years or so.

  7. I’ll drink to Tony’s hilarious comment. Not much to laugh at these days. Maybe Stan will be ringing up Marty Turco.

    Reacquiring Shaw and trading for softy Nylander were the final straws that confirmed Stan must go if this team is ever to be a contender again.

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