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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