Earlier today the Bruins announced that they had signed goalie Niklas Svedberg to a one year one way deal for $600,000. This means the end of Chad Johnson who was the backup this past season. Johnson had a great year for the Bruins going 17-4-3 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Before this season however the 28 year old Johnson was a relatively unknown player only making 10 appearances in the NHL 6 for the Rangers and 4 last year for the Coyotes. So I think it's safe to assume that while he does have talent a good amount of the credit can go to the great defensive team I front of him. He will likely cash in on a good contract for a couple years because of this but he earned it for sure.
Now to the new kid on the block Svedberg. Svedberg is a Swedish born goalie who has spent the majority of his career playing in various junior leagues in his home country and spent the past 2 seasons with the Providence Bruins. Svedberg went undrafted but has used that to motivate him to be a better player. The 2012-2013 season was Svedberg's first year in the AHL and he appeared in 48 games going 37-8-2 with a 2.17 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Unfortunately his level of play dropped off in the playoffs and in 12 games he went 6-6 with a 3.29 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. The next season looking to rebound Svedberg played in 45 games going 25-15-4 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He performed better in the playoffs but Providence did not as he only played 9 games going 4-4 with a 2.70 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
The backup goalie position is not a very big concern for the Bruins with a Vezina Trophy finalist starting upwards of 55 games in Rask and probably upwards of 60 this coming season unless Svedberg proves he is capable of handling more of the load. Yes Johnson was great but with the great defensive system the Bruins use Svedberg will get plenty of help and should be able to play well. He's not going to push for the starting job if Rask hits a rough patch but he should be able to win us a few games. With cap space being as tight as it is this is a good move that saves some money while not hurting the quality of the team. Keep visiting Bostonmadness for the latest updates on an offseason that has plenty more moves still to come as the Bruins try to find ways to create more cap space.