What a night it was for the NHL.
Several players will be skating in new homes come October as trades were the story of the night. Jordan Staal will be playing with his brother, Eric, in Carolina with the Hurricanes and Mike Ribeiro will be playing for the Washington Capitals.
We also saw Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser re-sign with the Los Angeles Kings. Teams are clearly eager to get a bulk of their priorities taking care of before free agency begins on July 1st.
Those were just some brief stories around the league. So, what exactly were the Boston Bruins up to on the night of the NHL Entry Draft?
Prior to the event, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that goaltender Tim Thomas will waive his no-trade clause. This will likely open up some possibilities for the Bruins on the second day of the draft. Plus, it will free up the space that had been occupied by Thomas' cap hit. Let's just say that they have five million reasons why they would want to trade the veteran netminder.
The B's had the 24th overall pick in the first round of the draft. With that pick, they selected Malcolm Subban, the brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. While P.K. has proven to be a thorn in the side of Bruins fans, Malcolm will be embraced by the city.
Malcolm, a goaltender, registered a .923 save percentage with three shutouts in 39 games with the OHL's Belleville Bulls in 2011-12. He will mostly likely play in Providence this upcoming season.
He showed enthusiasm when he accepted the black and gold sweater on stage as he shook hands with several management figures from the B's. According to Chiarelli, "he will fulfill a need and bring exuberance."
As if we did not need another spark in the fire known as the Boston-Montreal rivalry, something like this happens. You have got to love the sport of hockey for moments like this.