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Sweeney: Watching Subban get claimed on waivers "is a loss for us"

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Sweeney: Watching Subban get claimed on waivers "is a loss for us"

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins took a gamble that Malcolm Subban wouldn’t get claimed on waivers while trying to pass him through this week, and the Vegas house wins as it almost always does when gambling is involved. The Vegas Golden Knights claimed the Bruins former first round pick off the waiver wire on Monday at noontime, and will take on the 23-year-old goaltender that just appears to be coming into his own as a late bloomer of sorts.

Subban was 2-0-0 with a .889 save percentage during the preseason, and impressed the Bruins with his improved maturity and poise between the pipes after some well-chronicled struggles over the last few seasons. Some of it was due to a scary throat injury suffered a couple of years ago on an errant shot during warm-ups, and some of it was Subban’s train-wreck appearances for the NHL club where he was unceremoniously yanked from both of his starts.  

It was clear the Bruins would go with a Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin tandem to start the season with little appetite for an unproven Subban as the main backup goalie, and that left Bruins GM Don Sweeney with some tough choices. He could carry three goalies on the NHL roster while shorting himself at either forward or defensemen, or he could try to slip Subban through waivers with most NHL teams set at goaltender this late in the preseason.

Vegas plucked Subban despite already holding Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard on their NHL roster, so it’s unclear how he’s going to fit in with the Golden Knights in the immediate future. The Bruins were disappointed they lost a former first round pick for nothing on the waiver wire, but Subban held no trade value coming off his previously awful NHL appearances.

"I had my fingers crossed that it wasn't gonna happen,” said Sweeney, who also could have lost Subban for nothing when he left the goalie unprotected in the summer expansion draft as well "But that's part of the business, and we wish Malcolm obviously success in the opportunity that he's going to get. But it's a loss for us.

“Am I surprised? I think Malcolm has taken a step, and I’m not surprised in the situation. Vegas is doing what they’re trying to build. Obviously Zane [McIntyre] had experience last year and had a very good run. Daniel [Vladar] probably, if Malcolm does stay there, will get an opportunity to back up in

Providence and get the exposure there at the next level. It’s disappointing. We’ve had a lot of time invested in Malcolm, and we were seeing him grow as a person on and off the ice.”

Unfortunately for Subban, that growth came a little too late in his stint with the Bruins for him to contribute to the team that drafted him five years ago. It remains to be seen if Subban is ever going to become a late-blooming NHL-caliber goalie, or if he will go down as one of a number of awful, wasted first round picks during Peter Chiarelli’s tenure running the Bruins. 

Bruins will be featured prominently on NBC national schedule

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Bruins will be featured prominently on NBC national schedule

The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won’t be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.

The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame, and their Oct. 3 season opener against the reigning Cup champion Washington Capitals in DC. The 14 games are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most in the NHL behind only the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Penguins.

The B’s season opener vs. the Caps will actually kick off NBC’s NHL coverage for the regular season, which is set to include a whopping 109 televised games.

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Other highlights from the NBC Networks broadcast schedule include a home game against the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday, January 14, a road game against the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, February 20, and a home tilt on Thursday Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning team that eliminated them in the playoffs.

Here’s the rest of the national television 2018-19 schedule for the Black and Gold that certainly has some games to circle on the ole hockey calendar:  

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC

Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN

Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

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Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

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Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the fog officially rolled in this morning.  

*NBC Sports announced their 109-game schedule for the NHL season, and it all starts with the Bruins season opener on Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Wednesday Night Rivalry games will be done away with and in its place Wednesday Night Hockey is going to feature a more diverse collection of teams and locations featuring non-traditional markets. It’s a great idea and completely called for given the emergence of teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers on the lasting legacy of the recently passed Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita when it comes to his work in the community.

*Dylan Larkin got a pretty good deal from the Detroit Red Wings that was deserved given his youth and his production to this point. So why on Earth are we writing 1,000 word think pieces on this? Yeah, I don’t know either.

*Speaking of the Red Wings, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg may be a giant question mark for this upcoming NHL season based on his health. While it’s a big blog to the Red Wings competitiveness for next season, it might be the best thing for a team that’s still nowhere near competing for a Stanley Cup at this point.

*Three big questions facing the Edmonton Oilers as they ready for a massive season that will undoubtedly have jobs on the line based on an expected return to the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Well, this is one way to discourage cruise ships from going by your coastal home.