Blackhawks trade Subban to Buffalo

  • Malcolm Subban makes a pad save on a shot by Tampa Bay's Yanni Gourde last season.

    Malcolm Subban makes a pad save on a shot by Tampa Bay's Yanni Gourde last season. Associated Press

Associated Press
Updated 12/2/2021 6:40 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres addressed their suddenly thin depth in goal by acquiring Malcolm Subban in a trade with the Blackhawks on Thursday.

The move became necessary when goaltender Dustin Tokarski was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.


The Blackhawks acquired future considerations for Subban, who had a 2-2-1 record and 3.38 goals-against average in five games this season with the Rockford IceHogs. In 17 career games with the Blackhawks, Subban posted a 6-8-1 record, 3.20 GAA and .900 save percentage.

The struggling Sabres were already without starter Craig Anderson, who has missed 12 games with an upper-body injury. Tokarski is 3-4-2 since Anderson got hurt, while Aaron Dell is 0-4 and has allowed 15 goals in five appearances since being called up from the minors.

Subban is the younger brother of New Jersey Devils defenseman PK Subban. He was selected by Boston in the first round of the 2012 draft. He joins his fourth team after being traded to the Blackhawks by Vegas in February 2020.

Malcolm Subban, who turns 28 on Dec. 21, has a 36-31-8 record in 82 NHL games with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

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