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Bruins recall Svedberg, reigning AHL goalie of the year

Dec 27, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have recalled goalie Niklas Svedberg from AHL Providence.

Svedberg, 24, is 11-5-3 this year with a 2.91 GAA and .907 save percentage with the baby Bruins. It’s unclear at the moment why he was recalled, as all three Boston goalies — Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson and Svedberg — were on the ice this morning at practice.

Last season, Svedberg won the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the American League’s top netminder, posting 37 wins, a 2.17 GAA and .925 save percentage along with four shutouts.

In doing so, Svedberg became the first rookie to be named top goalie since Jim Carey did it in 1994-95.

Update: Some more info on why Svedberg was recalled…

  1. charastein - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Johnson hasn’t looked too bad at all. Maybe with Subban in the system they are planning on making a trade? If so, it has to be for a forward because Chara knows the defense is all set with plenty of depth.

    Subban, Rask, Johnson and Svedberg might be more goalies than the Bruins need.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Yah and the expendable guy on that list in Johnson. Good but not great. Shown flashes of solid goaltending and other times just looked lost.

      • drnicholsocu - Dec 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I agree. Chad has been an experiment, at best. The Buffalo game may have revealved his true ability.

    • nunan - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      I dont think they have too many goalies. Svedberg was a rookie in the AHL last year and Subban has a couple years to go, at least. They can both spend more time in the AHL without rushing them up to the NHL. Johnson is perfect for what they need right now. An occasional spot starter who is a decent goalie. They need all these goalies.

    • ejbigg - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      A trade wouldn’t get much. Johnson’s trade value is virtually nothing, maybe they are giving Svedberg an opportunity to boost his value, but it still wouldn’t be much unless he goes on a Martin Jones-esque tear. Subban is the only one with any trade value but I doubt they would trade him this early in his career.

  2. nhbsfan - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Yeah, I hope they don’t trade Svedberg. I know it might be awhile for him to take a starting job with Rask signing the long term contract, but it’s never a bad thing to have not only goal tending depth…but SOLID depth. If anyone is going to be traded, it’s probably Johnson, but not really sure what needs the B’s are going to address with any trade.

    Another possibility that is in play here is that Johnson is fighting an injury of some sort (he didn’t look too good in his last game) so Svedberg is up just in case he can’t go?

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Solid depth means tradeable pieces. Worst case you have a capable fill in if Rask goes down and best case you get extra draft picks or pieces for the right player.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I never understood why they signed Johnson in the first place. Svedberg showed he was ready last year. Johnson’s record is somewhat inflated because he is playing against weaker competition. I didn’t understand why Johnson got the Sabres on the road and Rask got the Sabres at home, but Johnson was not good in his game.

    With Rask now signed for several years, I would think Subban could be traded. The problem with Johnson is that he has no options, which leaves the cupboard pretty bare. I can’t figure out what their next move is, but never understood why Svedberg didn’t make the team at the start of the season.

    • nunan - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      He’d just be sitting on the bench. He’s clearly a legit talent. He needs to be playing…not backing up a stud whose signed for the next 7 years.

      • pastabelly - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        If we’re talking about Subban, I think we all agree. Maybe that draft pick was insurance for Rask leaving, but I don’t understand a first round pick as insurance. Svedberg getting 25-30 starts in Boston, however, does make sense. He could be a trade chip as well.

  4. badfish86 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Perhaps they ate just giving him some playing time too help him get used to better competition, and that gives suban some time to take a number one roll. End of the season being up Sevdberg and let Johnson go. The wheels keep turning!!

  5. drnicholsocu - Dec 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Maybe they hope Tukka will groom him as Thomas did for Tukka and offer Chad as trade bait.

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