Boston Bruins to Trade Subban?
As the summer approaches, the Bruins front office could look to include promising youngsters in a trade that would significantly help their Stanley Cup chances.
Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Malcolm Subban split time in Providence with another goalie prospect Niklas Svedberg. Teams searching for a youthful goalie would probably take Subban, 20 years old, over Svedberg, who’s 24 years old. Purely based on age, Svedberg would have to be thrust into NHL action sooner than the Canadian, and certain teams may not want to take that risk.
So, if you’re building for the future, Subban could gain attention, especially if he’s put in the trade mix with a draft pick and a fairly good player, for example, Adam McQuaid.
Some may say that it may not be in the Bruins best interest to get rid of the former OHL standout. Rask did sign a eight-year, $56 million contract this past summer and may be considered the Bruins franchise goalie into his mid-30′s. The goalie position, though, is so unpredictable at times; one season, a netminder can dominate the league, and the next year, he could find himself fighting for his spot against an AHL call-up.
On the other side, the Bruins desire a more well-rounded team in 2014, namely acquiring men with speed and puck-moving capabilities that the B’s lacked against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Obviously, a bunch of targets exist for Peter Chiarelli to examine, but provided that the Bruins will improve from where they stood at the end of this season, expect Chiarelli to strongly contemplate making a move (likely on the defensive end).