The Chicago Blackhawks assigned goaltenders Collin Delia and Malcolm Subban to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL after the duo cleared waivers Monday.
Subban, 27, was 6-8-1 with a minus-3.6 goals-saved above average and .900 save percentage in 16 games for the Blackhawks during the 2021 season. He served as the backup to Kevin Lankinen, who will remain in Chicago alongside Subban’s former Vegas Golden Knights teammate Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Blackhawks acquired Subban along with defenseman prospect Slava Demin and a 2020 second-round pick (Drew Commesso) from Vegas in February 2020. Selected in the first round (No. 24 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, Subban is 36-31-8 with a minus-28.6 GSAA and .899 save percentage in 82 career NHL games.
Delia, also 27, was 1-3-1 with a 3.59 GAA and .902 save percentage in six NHL games and 2-2 with a 5.16 goals-against average and .858 save percentage in four AHL games last season. He was the primary goalie on the taxi squad. He’s 8-8-4 with a 3.63 GAA and .905 save percentage in 24 career NHL games.
Delia and Subban join goalies Arvid Söderblom, Cale Morris (AHL contract) and Tom Aubrun (AHL contract) in the AHL. Aubrun, who played 10 ECHL games last season, will likely be sent down to the Indy Fuel. Morris, who stayed in the AHL throughout his rookie season in 2021, could join Aubrun in Indy.
With these moves, the Blackhawks training camp roster currently stands at 25 players: 14 forwards, nine defensemen. and two goalies.
The Blackhawks will submit their opening-night roster by 4 PM Central time Monday before the team’s season opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday in Denver.