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Monday, June 23, 2014
Svedberg signs deal to back up Rask

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The Bruins have signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Monday.

That means he will serve as the team's backup for starter Tuukka Rask next season and that the Bruins likely won't bring back Chad Johnson, who was Rask's backup last season. Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, made $600,000 last season and is in line for a raise after posting a 17-4-3 record, two shutouts, a 2.10 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 27 games for the Bruins.

Svedberg, 24, made one start for the Bruins last season and earned a 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Predators. He made 33 saves to earn the victory in his NHL debut. At Providence, Svedberg posted a 25-15-4 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 45 games, splitting time between the pipes with fellow prospect Malcolm Subban.

During the 2012-13 season, Svedberg posted 37 wins; he has an overall record of 66-27-6 in 102 games for the P-Bruins. Boston originally signed Svedberg as a free agent on May 29, 2012.