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Golden Knights waive backup goaltender Calvin Pickard

On the eve of their first-ever game as a franchise, the Golden Knights waived backup goaltender Calvin Pickard Thursday.

Pickard, who was the first player selected by the Knights in the June 21 NHL Expansion Draft when he was taken from the Colorado Avalanche, was expected to back up starter Marc-Andre-Fleury. That job now goes to Malcolm Subban, who has all of two games’ NHL experience and will be on the bench in Texas Friday when the Knights open the season against the Dallas Stars.

General manager George McPhee confirmed the transaction at Thursday’s team practice at City National Arena but would not give further comment.

Pickard, 25, appeared in 50 games for the Avalanche last season and had a 2.98 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. In two preseason games with the Knights, Pickard was 0-2, allowing eight goals and making 61 saves.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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