The Buffalo Sabres this afternoon addressed their goaltending, acquiring Malcolm Subban from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations.
With No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson recovering from an upper-body injury, the Sabres have been relying on journeyman goalie Dustin Tokarski.
Sabres goalie Aaron Dell, Tokarski’s backup, was pulled from his last start. The Sabres even started Tokarski back-to-back nights last week, most likely because of Dell’s struggles.
Subban, 27, has registered a 36-31-8 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and an .899 saves percentage in 82 career NHL games with Chicago, the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Subban has compiled a 2-2-1 mark with a 3.38 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage in five outings with the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, this season.
Subban enjoyed his best NHL campaign in 2017-18, recording a 13-4-2 record with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 22 games.
He is in the final season of a two-year, $1.7 million contract.
The Bruins drafted Subban 24th overall in 2012. His brother, P.K., is a defenseman with the New Jersey Devils.
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