Bruins backup goalie Niklas Svedberg has signed a contract to play for Salavat of the KHL.
Svedberg was first signed by the Bruins in May of 2012. The 2012-13 season saw Svedberg in Providence playing for the AHL Bruins. He appeared in one game during the 2013-14 season and became the full time backup to Tuukka Rask during the 2014-15 season, appearing in 19 games.
In his 19 appearances, he had a record of 8-5 with a save percentage of .918. His 2.33 goals against average was 29th out of 92 total NHL goalies in 2015, but he often looked shaky in net. Bruins coach Claude Julien appeared to have little trust in Svedberg, as he only appeared in 18 games in 2014-15. Tuukka Rask was forced to play in a career high 70 games, smashing his previous career high of 58. The Bruins were likely already going to be in the market for a veteran backup goalie, as Malcolm Subban may not be quite ready for full time NHL backup work and is also an enticing trade chip for the Bruins.
His agent said the goal is for Svedberg to eventually return to the NHL as a starting goalie.
The news was confirmed by CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.