B's winger Nick Johnson heads overseas, signs in Swedish Hockey League

Former Bruins fourth line winger Nick Johnson is taking his talents overseas.
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Johnson, who skated in nine games for the B's this past season, has agreed to a deal with the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League for the upcoming season. Johnson tallied no points in his nine games played with the Bruins, but did alright for himself when skating for Providence, where he netted 18 goals and recorded 24 assists for 42 total points in 51 games played for the AHL club.

A five-year NHL veteran, Johnson signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 5 of last year and had previously spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Minnesota Wild and the (now Arizona) Phoenix Coyotes, where he amassed 14 goals and 23 assists in 113 games played.

With the Bruins way tight against the cap and already in possession of young players from Providence that are ready to make the jump, Johnson's services were no longer needed in Boston. And after missing out on work in North America, he'll head over to Sweden in hopes of getting a fresh start in a competitive league with some good competition.