The Boston Bruins cut goaltender Malcolm Subban from its training camp Sunday after he gave up eight goals in a pre-season home loss against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night and earned the mock cheers of the TD Bank Garden crowd.
Subban, chosen by Boston with 24th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and three other Bruins prospects were assigned to report to the training camp of the Providence Bruins, Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rhode Island, when it begins next week.
The brother of Norris Trophy-winning defenseman P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks defensive prospect Jordan Subban, was a long shot to make the Bruins’ 2013-14 roster. With Tuukka Rask locked in as the Bruins’ starting goaltender, the only question facing Boston is who will be the Finnish star’s back-up.
Subban’s demotion was sealed after he looked shaky in Boston’s embarrassing 8-2 loss to Detroit in which he played the entire game.
“I thought the fourth goal was one he could have had,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told The Boston Herald. “After that I think it was the fifth and the seventh (that were bad). Although he gave up a bad goal in the second period, we wanted him to battle through it.”
Subban, a former standout goalie for the Ontario Hockey League’s Bellville Bulls, told The Herald after that game that “it seemed like no matter what I did the puck found its way in.
“There were a couple of bad bounces, but I didn’t do my part tonight,” he said.
But Subban didn’t stay downcast for long after his subpar performance. After the game, he was seen running the steps of an empty TD Bank Garden. “I’m looking at it (in) a positive way,” he told The Herald. “It’s probably a good thing. Now I can be more focused and start the game better.”