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Writing on the Wall: B's re-sign Niklas Svedberg, Chad Johnson confirms he will not return

The B's are all set in net. General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday night that the Bruins have signed goalie Niklas Svedberg ...

The B's are all set in net.

General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday night that the Bruins have signed goalie Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract that will make the 24-year-old Sweden native Boston's leading contender to become the backup behind Tuukka Rask heading into the 2014-15 season. Svedberg was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.
Back in the fold: Svedberg will return to Boston and battle for the backup goalie position in training camp (via NHL.com)

His one-year contract carries an annual cap hit of $600,000. The one-way deal ensures that Svedberg is guaranteed his full NHL salary even if he is sent down to Providence at any point in the season. If that should happen, he wouldn't feel at all out of place, as Svedberg has appeared in 102 regular season games for the P-Bruins, recording a 66-27-6 record. This past season, he went 25-15-4 with two shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

Svedberg made his NHL debut back on January 2, where he backstopped the B's to a 3-2 overtime-win vs the Nashville Predators at the Garden, making 33 saves in the process and looked pretty alright for a goalie making his pro debut in front of the home fans.

With the Bruins signing Svedberg to the cheap money deal, it means that their previous backup, Chad Johnson, will not be returning to the club this summer. Johnson will hit the market as a unrestricted free agent, where he is projected to fetch a fair amount of dough after posting some impressive numbers serving as Boston's backup. Johnson went 17-4-3, recorded a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average. He did everything and then some when it comes to what a team needs in their backup netminder. If Svedberg can give the Bruins half of what Johnson gave them, they'll be in great shape in net.

Johnson confirmed to Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe that he would in fact not be returning:



So check off the second item on Boston's off-season to-do list, joining the decision to not re-sign Shawn Thornton last week as the two pre-draft/pre-free agency moves they've made so far.

[via BostonBruins.com]

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