Boston Bruins sign Niklas Svedberg to one-year deal

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(Photo/Charles Krupa/AP)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Monday afternoon that the Boston Bruins had signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one way contract. The contract is worth $600,000.

With goaltender Chad Johnson becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1, it appears the Bruins will likely have Svedberg on their NHL roster for the 2014-15 season.

The 24-year-old has proven at the AHL level that he is ready for the opportunity. Svedberg has played a total of 102 games with the Providence Bruins through two seasons, holding an overall record of 66-27-6. This season, the Sollentuna, Sweden native held a 25-15-4 record in net while holding a .910 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA overall with the Providence squad.

Earlier this year, the Bruins had a look at Svedberg in net as he was called up for one game on January 2 against the Nashville Predators. The goaltender backstopped the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime victory while stopping 33 total shots in the process. He upheld a .943 save percentage with a 1.97 GAA in his NHL debut.

With Tuukka Rask being the clear number one goaltender in Boston, Svedberg will likely be serving as the backup. While Johnson proved himself to be a very strong backup goaltender this season, it isn’t a big surprise the Bruins chose to sign Svedberg to a one way deal for less money than Johnson would’ve wanted.

A similar deal happened last year, when the Bruins decided not to hold on to backup goaltender Anton Khudobin and signed Johnson for less money instead.

With the levels of potentially great goaltenders the Bruins have shown, this seems like a smart move for the team. Malcolm Subban looked impressive in his first season with Providence, and Jeff Jakaitis posted some impressive numbers with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL this year. With that potential for future goaltenders already in the Bruins organization, there’s no need to hold on to more than you need and waste money.

Svedberg should have a good season backing up Rask in Boston this year.