Johnson, Svedberg Both Potential Backups to Rask


Taking a closer look at a possible back up to Rask:

Bruins back up goaltender Anton Khudobin will be migrating south to Carolina next season, as he signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with Hurricanes on Friday. Khudobin was 9-4-2 with a 2.32 GAA and a .920 SV% this past season backing up Tuukka Rask.

Khudobin will once again play the back up role in Carolina, only this time spelling Cam Ward when called upon. So who will back up Rask next season?

Peter Chiarelli wasted little time in replacing Khudobin, as former Phoenix Coyotes netminder, Chad Johnson, agreed to terms with the Bruins. Chiarelli inked Johnson to a one-year deal worth $600,000. Johnson was 2-0-2 with a 1.21 GAA and .954 SV% with the Coyotes this past season.

Now many may be left wondering why the Bruins would have opted to let Khudobin walk. After all, he was a reliable back up right?

The answer is simple. While Johnson may not be as experienced as Khudobin at the NHL level, he has shown great capability in just a few opportunities. Boston will still have saved money against the cap, even if Johnson doesn’t pan out to be a serviceable back up. And that’s not to mention the safety blanket waiting in the wings down in Providence.

Niklas Svedberg dominated the AHL, posting a 37-8-2 record this past season with the baby B’s. His GAA was 2.17 and had a superb .925 SV%.

It’s believed that Svedberg is on the cusp of breaking into the NHL, if not already ready now. Svedberg will likely break camp as a member of Providence, but a call up at some point next season is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

Though you better believe the two will be watched closely right from the onset of camp. Either goalie is capable of backing up Rask. Both will be pushing one another for the coveted NO. 2 spot.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network


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