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Bruins Sign Niklas Svedberg to back up Tuukka Rask

Future backup goalie Niklas Svedberg in action, nesn.com

The Bruins have opted to sign goalie Niklas Svedberg and let Chad (don’t call me Ochocinco) Johnson test the free agent waters.

Johnson served as the backup to Tuukka Rask for the majority of the 2013-14 season and posted an impressive 17-4-3 record. In his 27 appearances he managed two shutouts, a 2.10 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Svedberg, on the other hand, only played in one game for the Bruins, in which he allowed two goals on 33 shots and secured his first NHL victory. Other than his one NHL appearance, Svedberg was the starting goalie for the Providence Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

The solid numbers put up by Johnson likely meant that he was due for a raise after making $600,000 last season. The Bruins decided to save a little bit of cap space instead and signed Svedberg to a $600,000 one-year, one-way contract.

Johnson has confirmed to the Boston Globe that he will not be returning to Boston saying, “With how tight the cap is in Boston … as well as what the goalie market for a guy like myself is nothing really could work out.” He also added, “It’s unfortunate for me because I loved everything about Boston and the Bruins.”

With the Bruins still tight up against the salary cap, it would seem their next priority would be to re-sign veteran forward Jarome Iginla. General Manager Peter Chiarelli has already stated that the Bruins don’t intend to make any big splashes in free agency, which officially begins on July 1st.

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