Bruins recall Niklas Svedberg; poised to make NHL debut between the pipes?
Boston Bruins have recalled goalie Niklas Svedberg from their American
Hockey league affiliate in Providence, General Manager peter Chiarelli
announced on Friday morning.
It is unclear what the need
is for Boston as there has been no announcement on injury for either
regular goaltender Tuukka Rask or his backup Chad Johnson - though
forward Nick Johnson and defenseman David Warsofsky have been sent down
to Providence, Johnson in anticipation of the return of Daniel Paille
from a mild concussion.
It had been speculated that
Warsofsky had been sent down to make room for injured defenseman Dougie
Hamilton's return, but the Svedberg call up adds a measure of ambiguity
to that scenario - though it is possible that another roster move could
be in the offing.
Svedberg won the Bastien Memorial
Trophy as a rookie last season in Providence, given annually to the top
goaltender in the American Hockey League as voted on by coaches,
players and media in all 30 AHL cities and it was thought that the
24-year-old would earn the backup job to Rask in training camp, but
Johnson emerged with the job.
It's possible that the
Bruins will go into Friday night's match with the Ottawa Senators with
Svedberg getting his first ever NHL start, as the Swede joined the team on Friday morning and is eligible to play against the Senators.
Svedberg is 11-5-3
with a 2.91 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout
this season, after going 37-8-2 with a 2.17 GAA, .925 save percentage and four
shutouts last season.