BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins have some holes to fill and decisions to make for the 2014-15 season, but finding a backup goaltender is not one of them.
The Bruins signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one way contract on Monday, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced, worth a cap figure of $600,000.
Svedberg appeared in his first and only NHL game last season with Boston, earning a win against the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 overtime victory, making 33 saves on 35 shots. The Swedish netminder spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with Providence, compiling a 25-15-4 record with a 2.63 goals against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts in 45 appearances.
Svedberg won 37 games (second in the AHL) with a 2.17 goals against average, .925 save percentage and four shutouts as a rookie for the P-Bruins in 2012-13, and earned the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, given annually to the AHL’s outstanding goaltender. His 37 wins that season were the second most by a rookie goaltender in AHL history.
In total, Svedberg has appeared in 102 AHL games and compiled a 66-27-6 record. Prior to joining Providence, Svedberg played three full seasons in the SEL (Swedish Elite League) with MoDo and Brynas with a combined 2.94 career goals against average in 64 games.
Signing Svedberg likely means an end to Chad Johnson’s career in Boston. The Bruins’ backup netminder in 2013-14 went 14-7 with a 2.1 goals against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts behind Tuukka Rask. He played under the same contract that Svedberg just received, and will likely earn a raise on the open market.
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