The Boston Bruins announced the signing of goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-way NHL contract on Monday. According to the team, Svedberg signed a one-year deal worth $600,000.
The 24-year-old netminder spent nearly the entire 2013-2014 season manning the crease in Providence. He notched a respectable 25-15-4 record to go along with a 2.63 GAA and .910 save percentage. Svedberg made one start at the NHL level last year, helping push the Bruins past the Predators in January.
Svedberg has exhibited conistant signs of developing into an NHL goaltender after winning the AHL’s most improved player award in 2012-2013. The signing likely means he’ll spend the upcoming season as Tuukka Rask‘s backup.
The Boston brass is clearly pleased with Svedberg’s play and believe he’ll be more than a capable replacement for Chad Johson, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Johnson will command a more lucrative deal than that of Svedberg based on his performance this past year behind Rask.
It’s highly unlikely that the Bruins would consider carrying three goalies on the roster. With that being said, Johnson did confirm he’d be playing elsewhere. Svedberg will serve as Rask’s new partner between the pipes and Malcolm Subban will take over the reins at the AHL level for the baby B’s.