The Boston Bruins locked up two possible goalies of the future – or at least backup goalies of the future – in handing two-way, two-year contracts to Zane McIntyre (pictured) and Malcolm Subban.
The Bruins note that, when at the NHL level, the deals are both worth $650K.
Considering some of the struggles Khudobin has experienced in more recent times, it’s also easy to imagine one (or both) getting some reps even in 2017-18.
Long-term, it will be interesting to see which goalie gets the edge in the eyes of the B’s organization.
Subban carries obvious name recognition, not to mention the pedigree that comes with being a first-rounder (24th overall in 2012). His numbers have been solid at the AHL level, while he’s been blistered during his two NHL appearances.
McIntyre’s limited NHL reps haven’t gone any better, yet he’s been putting up eye-popping numbers with the Providence Bruins. He was especially strong in the AHL regular season, managing a 21-6-1 record and a .930 save percentage.
That gives the impression that McIntyre has the leg up right now, but that can change. Really, it could change multiple times over the next couple of years, for all we know with goalies.