Although there is not much of a goaltender battle in Boston, GM Peter Chiarelli wants to give Niklas Svedberg a look. Chiarelli convinced Svedberg to sign on for a one-year contract, which is reportedly worth $600,000.
Currently, the Boston Bruins‘ backup goaltender is Chad Johnson, but he is ready to pursue a starting position with another club, so Chiarelli has two options. Svedberg and Malcolm Subban have both seen success with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, but it appears that Svedberg is the clear front-runner for the backup position.
Svedberg has only made one appearance in the show, and that came last season against the Nashville Predators. Svedberg showed resilience in his first game and lifted the B’s to a 3-2 victory over the Preds in overtime. He finished the season with a save percentage of .910 and a record of 25-14-4 for the P-Bruins. The Swede has shown great potential, and he has been developing quickly. At the age of 24, he is finally getting his shot in the NHL.
If the Bruins do decide to part ways with Johnson, Chiarelli would open up some cap space and still have a solid backup goaltender in Svedberg. It was a smart move by the Bruins to sign Svedberg to a one-year deal, because they can integrate him into the lineup periodically, and if he is able to prove his worth, Svedberg may be able to challenge Tuukka Rask for the starting spot. If not, Chiarelli should be able to forge a sizable deal for the Swedish goaltender in the offseason.
If the B’s utilize Svedberg, they will realize he is a young and capable backup who will be able to relieve Rask and give him timely rests.