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The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one year deal worth $600,000.

An accomplished young 24 year old, Svedberg spent most of the 2013-14 season as the starting netminder for the Providence Bruins in the AHL. He went 25-15-4 with a 2.63 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts for the minor league affiliate, a season after winning the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender in the 2012-13 season. He even got his first chance to prove himself in the NHL earlier this past year, recording a victory in a 3-2 OT decision over Nashville back in January.

With the deal, the Bruins decided they would not end up re-signing veteran backup Chad Johnson, who’s an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. Despite playing behind a strong team, Johnson was considered one of the NHL’s best backup netminders in 2013-14 with a 17-4-3 record. He’ll likely be one of the first goalies snagged on Canada Day, with Thomas Greiss being the other highly touted backup goaltender on the market once the doors for free agency open up next week.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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