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.