Subban re-signed with Chicago on Friday to a two-year, $1.7 million deal. Subban had a mostly disastrous showing last year with Vegas before being traded to the Blackhawks, posting a 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage through 20 appearances. With longtime No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford departing in free agency, Subban technically stands as the incumbent top option at the moment between the pipes in the Windy City ahead of Collin Delia. However, Chicago is expected to sign another goalie this offseason to assume the No. 1 spot ahead of Subban.
The Blackhawks are hopeful they'll be able to re-sign Subban, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. General manager Stan Bowman just announced that the Blackhawks won't be re-signing Corey Crawford, so if Subban ends up back in Chicago, he'll enter training camp in a battle with Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen for the starting gig. The 26-year-old backstop compiled a 9-7-3 record while posting a 3.17 GAA and .890 save percentage in 21 appearances in 2019-20.
Subban did not receive a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks, so he'll hit the market as an unrestricted free agent Friday, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Subban was a sub-par backup in 2019-20, registering a 3.17 GAA and .890 save percentage in 21 appearances split between Vegas and Chicago, and the Blackhawks likely want to roll with homegrown talent Collin Delia as their No. 2 netminder next season, so this move makes sense. Still, Subban shouldn't have too much trouble finding a new team in free agency, although he may need to settle for a two-way deal.
The Blackhawks acquired Subban from the Golden Knights along with a second-round pick and Slava Demin in exchange for Robin Lehner on Monday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports. The goaltender swap should afford Subban more playing time as the No. 2 behind Corey Crawford instead of being stuck behind workhorse Marc-Andre Fleury. There's the potential for Subban to carve out a role as the goalie of the future in Chicago, but he'll need a quick improvement on his numbers in Vegas. The 26-year-old played 20 games with the Golden Knights this year, recording an .890 save percentage and 9-7-3 record.
Subban gave up five goals on 30 shots in a 6-5 overtime win over the Ducks on Sunday. As usual with Subban, it wasn't a pretty effort -- he's given up five goals in three of his last five starts. The 26-year-old improved to 9-7-3 with a 3.18 GAA and an .890 save percentage through 20 appearances this year. The Golden Knights will continue to use Subban sparingly, which limits his already low fantasy value.
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