The Boston Bruins could be searching for a new backup goaltender to play behind Tuukka Rask next season, the Boston Herald reports.
According to the paper, the Bruins "could go outside the organization" and look for outside assistance by potentially targeting pending unrestricted free agent goalies James Reimer, Al Montoya or Jhonas Enroth.
However, they could find help from within, as Malcolm Subban has recovered from a fractured larynx he suffered mid-season in Providence.
Subban, 22, is loaded with potential but knows he has to have a strong off-season in order to compete for the backup role in the NHL.
"You could say that. You never really know for sure, but obviously thinking about it, technically I would have been in better standing (had I not been injured)," Subban told the Herald. "But it doesn't mean I'm not in good standing right now if I have a good summer.
"That's all Iím focused on right now, getting into off-ice shape because when I had those two months off, I couldn't really do anything. But after the last two months, I've been back in the gym and then skating in Providence, so I'm probably in better shape right now than I was at the end of last season."
Subban believed "for sure" he will be NHL-ready come training camp in September. Drafted 24th overall by Boston in 2012, he's ready to compete.
"Especially as a goaltender, and if you look at all the other sports, being confident in yourself goes a long way," he said. "If you don't believe you're able to do it, then you're probably not going to do it. Personally, yeah, I think I've developed a lot over these past three years, in spite of the injury."