Bruins GM hoped Malcolm Subban wouldn't be claimed off waivers

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Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was really hoping goaltender Malcolm Subban would go unclaimed after Boston placed him on waivers, but it wasn't to be, as the Vegas Golden Knights jumped on the opportunity to nab the former first-round draft pick.

"I had my fingers crossed that it wasn't gonna happen," Sweeney said, according to NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty. "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, (Bruins goaltender) 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."

While Subban was claimed by Vegas, he's still likely to end up in the AHL again, slotting in between Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard.