Move Martin Jones to the Blackhawks and receive Subban in return.
The reality of this trade is that for Chicago, even to consider taking on Jones. They would need a draft incentive in return.
As a result, the Sharks would need to send a 2022 third-round pick to Chicago and only get a 2022 sixth-round pick back.
From a financial standpoint for San Jose, this deal makes perfect sense. Malcolm Subban is only set to receive $850k AAV for the next two years.
While it is highly unlikely that Subban can evolve into the goalie of the future, he does show some promise.
He has a career 0.897 SV% and 2.97 GAA, not numbers to write home about. But if nothing else, he is a lateral move, similar to the Devan Dubnyk acquisition.
As far as the Blackhawks are concerned, they are eying a fast rebuild and could benefit from the improvement in draft stock, especially since Subban expects to see little to no ice time with the team.
With two new up and coming goalies in Illinois, they would get better guidance from an established veteran like Jones than from a peer like Subban.
However, working with Chicago is not the only option team teal has, as another more common trade partner could be in the cards.