The Bruins signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, positioning Svedberg to be Tuukka Rask ‘s backup and likely signaling the end of Chad Johnson ‘s time with the team.
Svedberg, who has been with the Bruins for the last two seasons, has spent nearly his entire time with the organization playing for Providence. He won the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goalie in the 2012-13 season, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average.
Johnson played last season on the same terms as Svedberg will get next season, and his performance as Rask’s backup made him a good candidate to get more money and playing time elsewhere, much like Anton Khudobin did last offseason.
With Svedberg a safe bet to be in Boston next season, 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban is in line to become Providence’s starting goaltender.
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