Boston Bruins: Finally Time To Trade Malcolm Subban

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Boston Bruins: Finally Time To Trade Malcolm Subban As They Try To Fix Their Roster

With the Bruins missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the team finds themselves looking to improve in order to get back in the postseason in 2016-17. There are different pieces the Bruins are looking to add, mainly in the defensive end. The question is, how does Don Sweeney do this?

If the black and gold are looking to add a potential number one defenseman to the roster, they will most likely have to part ways with an elite prospect. Guys like Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano and David Pastrnak are players that could fit the bill for other teams the Bruins may be in talks with. One prospect that has been rumored to be traded seemingly since he was drafted in 2012 is goaltender Malcolm Subban.

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Subban has spent the past three years in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins and has played well in his time there. The 22-year old goaltender holds a 45-31-9 record and has sustained a save percentage over .900% in all three seasons. Subban has also had playoff experience starting in eight Calder Cup playoff games for the P-Bruins.

There has always been a possibility that the Bruins management could use Subban as a piece to bring in a true number one blue liner.

Possible candidates the Bruins have been linked to are guys like Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets. Trouba, a 22-year old defenseman,  would require a pick and a prospect. Subban would be the best bet to trade to Winnipeg because of their goaltending situation. It hasn’t always been the best and after another down year from Ondrej Pavelec it could be time for the Jets to look for a possible goaltender of the future.

Subban is an attractive trade piece for many NHL clubs because of how young and talented he is. His upside is tremendous and because the goaltending position is so important in this league Sweeney and company could use him to obtain a true number one defenseman to strengthen a depleted Bruins blue line.

He’s an interesting player to look at when it comes to a potential trade because he’s someone that a few teams have been after. There is definitely interest in Subban around the league, and it would be smart for the Bruins to at least explore their options. When you look at it, the B’s have Rask who most likely won’t be traded and guys like Jeremy Smith and Zane McIntyre have played well in the farm system. Don Sweeney has also signed goaltender Daniel Vladar to a three-year entry level deal.

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The future seems to be bright in the goaltending department for the Bruins so trading Malcolm Subban should be considered if this team wants to improve in the immediate future. The Bruins would still have Jeremy Smith, Zane McIntyre, and Daniel Vladar in their system after a Subban trade.