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Update: ‘No truth’ to reports of Bruins signing Theodore

Aug 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie was told there’s “no truth” to the Bruins signing Theodore, which agent Don Meehan backed up to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.

For a while, it looked like inexperienced netminder Chad Johnson might be Tuukka Rask‘s backup in Boston. While it’s by no means a done deal, TVA Sports reports that the Bruins are closing in on a one-year contract with veteran goalie Jose Theodore.

The pact is expected to fall somewhere between $800K and $1 million, according to the report.

Theodore, 36, has 648 regular season games under his belt, including a particularly injury-prone and difficult 2013 season with the Florida Panthers. He generated nice numbers as a backup in Florida and Minnesota the previous two seasons, however, so he could very well provide Rask with a nice safety net.

(He also has a Hart Trophy on his resume.)

It’s unclear what this means for Johnson if this deal does come to fruition. He has a one-way deal worth $600K, so perhaps the Bruins will be comfortable stashing him in the AHL.

Then again, Theodore faced some serious injury problems last season, so Johnson might still receive reps at the NHL level this season.

Rask’s quietly effective 2013 backup Anton Khudobin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer.

  1. stevebass2 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I know Johnson is very inexperienced, but he was sensational in the few games he played with the coyotes lat season. I’ve never seen such a young goalie show such poise and calmness in net. I think the bruins would be very well serviced with that guy backing up rask.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I say roll with the young guns. I’d rather have the kids seeing what being an NHL player means day in and day out.

    • killerpgh - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      You might be able to get away with keeping a young inexperienced d-man or forward, but with Johnson only having played in 10 NHL games spaced out over a 4 year period would you really feel comfortable with him in net if Raask went down with an extended period of time. Johnson is 27 years old. Now that might not be “old” but if he really had some respectable up side he wouldn’t have bounced around and been with his 4th organization.

  3. thailer35 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Rask is younger than Johnson and showed plenty of poise an calmness in the playoffs…

  4. hocsocmom715 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Hey Boston …Tim Thomas is still available.

  5. tdrusher225 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I was wondering why they would want to do this with two young and interesting options in Johnson and Svedberg.

  6. s2mikey - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Hey thailer35, Rask might have looked good early in the playoffs or in certain games but the dude fell apart against Chicago. Totally fell apart. I saw nothing that would compel me to hand him that kind of money but Boston is stuck with him now. Offense wins championships the days, not expensive goalies. Just clearing that up.

    • emmons131 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Really s2mikey? Rask “totally fell apart?”… and “Boston is ‘stuck’ with him?…. and “offense wins championships”? All that in just 3 sentences… wow. Please tell us more about how Boston should of let Tuukka walk…or maybe how offensive juggernauts like Pittsburgh did in the Finals.

  7. bcisleman - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Confusing piece. First paragraph dismisses idea Theo will sign with the Bs while the rest of the story is about him signing with them. Which is it?

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