Bruins’ Malcolm Subban pulled in NHL debut

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Malcolm Subban’s NHL debut was a forgettable one.

Subban, in net for the Boston Bruins against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, was pulled early in the second period after allowing three goals on just six shots faced.

All three goals he allowed came within the first 5:09 of the second period. Tuukka Rask came into the game for Boston.

Chiarelli understands scrutiny on GM and coach, but says, ‘It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year’

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To an outsider, it seems almost insane that a team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011, made it back to the finals in 2013, then won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014 could in 2015 be on the verge of firing its coach, Claude Julien, and GM, Peter Chiarelli.

Reading that over, maybe it is insane.

It sort of sounds insane, right?

But that continues to be the speculation in Boston, where Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely are, according to the Boston Globe, willing to “make Chiarelli (hired in 2006) and Julien (2007) pay the price” for the club’s disappointing 2014-15 campaign.

“Whether it’s Cam or Charlie who said we’re all under review, I understand that,” Chiarelli told the newspaper. “We’ve had a lot of success here in my tenure and Claude’s tenure. We’re having a down year. It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year. But I understand. We’ve got to make things better.”

To be sure, Chiarelli has made some questionable decisions. Just before the start of the season, he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to salary-cap constraints — the same constraints that meant the loss of free-agent winger Jarome Iginla.

At the time, the Boychuk trade was one Chiarelli conceded “doesn’t make us better now” but needed to be done. Except, given how things have been going on the blue line lately, it’s fair to say the B’s have missed Boychuk in a big way. Perhaps more than they expected to.

Chiarelli, of course, also traded Tyler Seguin in a deal with Dallas that most feel the Bruins lost. So in reality, this isn’t just about one season. The Bruins haven’t drafted and developed particularly well under Chiarelli either.

As for Julien, well, maybe he’s just reaching the natural end of his tenure with one team. It happens to all coaches eventually. Look around the NHL and only Detroit’s Mike Babcock has been employed by the same team longer. All 28 other teams have made changes. Some have made multiple changes.

The Bruins could still turn their season around. But if they don’t — and especially if they miss the playoffs — as hard as it might be to believe, we may actually be witnessing the end of an era in Boston.

Related: Malcolm Subban to start for Bruins

Goalie nods: Gibson’s struggling, but starts fourth straight for Anaheim

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Ducks stick with Gibson

The Anaheim Ducks, losers in seven of their last 10, will keep rolling with John Gibson as they look to get things on track tonight in Calgary.

Gibson, forced into action with Frederik Andersen injured and Ilya Bryzgalov struggling, hasn’t played especially well of late — in four games this month, he’s allowed 13 goals on 101 shots for a .886 save percentage, and has just one win.

“My biggest worry on it is that we are allowing way too many goals,” Bruce Boudreau said following a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, per the O.C. Register. “We’re not losing pretty.”

The Ducks are hoping Gibson, a highly-touted prospect that broke onto the scene late last year — can reclaim some of the form shown earlier this season. In a three-game stretch in late October, the 21-year-old allowed one goal in a win over Columbus, posted a 38-save shutout against the Blackhawks and stopped 27 of 29 shots in a loss to St. Louis.

For the Flames, Jonas Hiller will start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Rangers at Sabres: No word yet on starters for either team.

Canucks at Devils: Eddie Lack vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at ‘Canes: James Reimer vs. Cam Ward

Bruins at Blues: Malcolm Subban vs. Jake Allen (more on Subban’s NHL debut here.)

Avs at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Malcolm Subban to start for Bruins

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Malcolm Subban will make his NHL debut tonight in St. Louis, where he’ll start in goal for the Boston Bruins.

And what a start for his first. The B’s have been reeling, now just one point up on Florida for the second wild-card spot in the East. The Blues, meanwhile, have gone 21-6-2 at home this season.

Subban, 21, gets the nod over both Tuukka Rask, who could probably use a break given he’s played fewer minutes than only three goalies in the entire NHL, and Niklas Svedberg, who lasted just one period in his last start on Feb. 10 against Dallas.

There has been speculation that Subban, the 24th overall pick in the 2012 draft and one of the most highly touted goaltending prospects in hockey, could be used as a trade chip prior to the March 2 deadline.

Despite all the speculation, it’s not clear if the Bruins are willing to entertain offers. Obviously, they’d expect a significant return if they did pull the trigger on a deal. GM Peter Chiarelli has, in the past, called Subban “a big part of our future.”

Of course, that comment did beg the question — with Rask signed through 2020-21, how big could Subban’s future really be in Boston?

The Bruins will have actually have two new faces in the lineup versus the Blues, with AHL call-up Brian Ferlin making his NHL debut as well.

Seidenberg would waive trade clause if Bruins asked

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Dennis Seidenberg has a no-trade clause in his contract, but if the Boston Bruins want to trade him, he won’t stand in their way.

The German blueliner told CSNNE.com that much on Thursday.

“People have mentioned those rumors to me, but all I can do at the end of the day is play hockey and work hard. That’s what makes you strong,” Seidenberg said. “If they feel like they want to move me, then there’s nothing I can do. Even if I have a no-trade clause, I don’t want to be here if they don’t want me.

“But my job is to play with full effort on the ice, and hopefully that’s enough for them to want to keep me. We’ll see.”

The veteran defenseman presents an interesting case if the Bruins decide to aggressively shop him.

From traditional standpoints, he has some serious selling points. He logs the second highest ice time per game (21:57) among Bruins defensemen behind Zdeno Chara, with 2:34 of that average coming on the penalty kill. The experience is there, and at 32, he’s either in his prime or just past it.

On the other hand, his possession stats argue that he’s not quite as effective as his reputation might suggest. More than a few people believe that he has been overexposed at times when he’s been on a top pairing with Chara.

Really, the biggest factor might be asking price, though.

Seidenberg’s current contract carries a $4 million cap hit and runs through the 2017-18 season. Much like his perceived value, some will look at that as a positive thing (he wouldn’t be a rental) while others would see him as a risk.

The Bruins’ cap situation is tight, and their situation is tense (if not desperate), so GM Peter Chiarelli has to be pleased that he has the option to move Seidenberg, if nothing else.