BOSTON -- With the NHL's trade deadline a week away, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli publicly put the untouchable tag on goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban on Wednesday morning.
During his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show, Chiarelli said he will not trade the organization's 2012 first-round pick (24th overall).
"I can tell you this: I'm not trading Malcolm Subban," Chiarelli said. "He's young. He's a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We've got some goalie depth, but I'm telling you I'm not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we've got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I'm not trading Malcolm Subban."
Chiarelli added that it could be "two to three years" or "might be sooner" before Subban is ready for the NHL.
The Bruins still hope to sign current No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask to a contract extension before the end of this season, but Chiarelli said that is not his priority right now.
The Bruins do have goaltending depth with Rask and Anton Khudobin, and Niklas Svedberg in Providence.