Despite some comments out of the organization to the contrary, the Boston Bruins could be nearing a deal that would bring veteran goaltender Jose Theodore to town as a no. 2 goaltender, according to reports. If this comes to fruition, it’d be a solid move for a club in need of an experienced backup.
Theodore has revived his career in the last couple of years, and while he’s far past his days of being one of the top goaltenders in the game, he’s still serviceable as a no. 2 guy. While 37 isn’t an age that makes you want to jump all over him as a goaltending option, the Bruins could use the help behind Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins let Anton Khudobin walk in free agency, bringing in Chad Johnson, who only has a few games of experience to his credit. While he was pretty successful in the desert last season, his experience is extremely limited, making him a very large wild card for this club.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Bruins should run out and sign anyone, but signing someone like Theodore would prove beneficial on a couple of different levels. He’d be a guy that is a sure thing as someone who can come in and start a stretch of games if necessary. He won’t provide Rask-type play in goal, but he’s solid. If he can latch on as a backup, that allows Johnson to get consistent time in the AHL.
Even if he only received an invite to training camp, he would be able to push Johnson and make the younger goaltender prove to the organization that he’s the guy they want behind Rask. Bringing in Theodore isn’t a move that would be anything earth-shattering, but it would be a solid addition and is absolutely something that the Bruins should consider doing. And it sounds like they already are.