Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/27/13
With the business of the NHL being what it is it might be easier for the Bruins to use Chad Johnson as their backup goaltender. He’d require waiver clearance to go to Providence and he’s relatively cheap at $600000. But while Niklas Svedberg is a little pricier at an NHL $1 million and could go to Providence without waivers the young Swede has given the B’s something to think about. Svedberg was good again last night stopping 26 shots in the 3-2 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre capped by Loui Eriksson’s OT snipe. “I thought he played well” said coach Claude Julien of Svedberg. “He had a lot of traffic in front of him tonight and he was able to stop pucks with those types of screens so I thought he was solid.” The plan for tonight’s preseason finale in Saskatoon was for starter Tuukka Rask to get the full game but they may have to take another look at Johnson to make the final decision on the backup. Johnson started poorly allowing three goals on eight shots in the opening exhibition game in Montreal but he rebounded well with an 18-save shutout win in Detroit. “After some discussion we may have a different choice” said Julien of tonight’s goaltender. Svedberg was pretty happy with his camp. “You try to show your best game. I gave up three goals (in the preseason) and I could have given up zero” said Svedberg. “But it feels good to get two wins and tonight was a good game to get a full game and get the win.” Would he understand if the business side of the game forced him to go to Providence? “That’s nothing I pay attention to. I try to play my best game on the ice and that’s what should matter” said Svedberg.
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