The Boston Bruins have made another offseason move, signing goalie Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level contract.
Svedberg, 22 years old, plays for the Brynas IF Gavle team in the Swedish Elite League. He appeared in 29 games in 2011-12, putting together a .912 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average in that time. He made a playoff appearance with Brynas, making a 1.70 GAA and .947 save percentage in 13 games as Brynas went on to win their first Elite League title since 1999. Before playing with Brynas, he’d been with Modo Hockey, also an Elite League team.
I’d heard rumors of a Svedberg signing a little while ago, but nothing substantiated enough for me to feel comfortable reporting it. Plus, much of the discussion about it was Swedish speculation and, well, I don’t speak Swedish–or put much faith in Google Translate. But now that it has been made official and announced by the Bruins, it’s all good.
There still isn’t much that we know about Svedberg right now, but here is something fun from Youtube. Seems like he might already fit in well with the Bruins because he’s got a little Marty Turco impishness in him. Here he is opening the door on someone so as to alter the path of their fall:
No idea what’s going on here, although it sounds like the announcer says “diving,” so that’s possible:
Teams that win the Elite League in Sweden–and in the Norwegian league, too–get gold helmets as part of the celebratory booty. Here’s a short interview with Svedberg wearing his:
Though Svedberg’s coming in on an entry-level contract, I imagine that he will start out with the Providence Bruins (along with new acquisition Chris Bourque). In other words, I think the Tim Thomas–Tuukka Rask tandem is safe, although I do expect this signing news to awaken the “This means Tim is going to retire” beast in some folks nonetheless.
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