It was reported by the reliable Louis Jean this weekend that the Boston Bruins were among a handful of suitors for the services of legendary puckstopper Martin Brodeur. Those reports may be erroneous according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty, who was told by a "Bruins source" that the club has already committed to using recently re-signed Niklas Svedberg as a backup next season and will not be involved in bidding for Brodeur.
Signed as a free-agent in the spring of 2012, Svedberg has managed an auspicious .918 save percentage in nearly 100 American Hockey League appearances. Last week he signed a one-year contract with a guaranteed NHL salary worth $600,000 for next season.
While Svedberg is guaranteed an NHL salary for 2014-15 now, he remains exempt from waivers and his salary is low enough that he can be stashed in the AHL without the Bruins incurring a salary cap penalty. So the Bruins still have some flexibility to pursue a backup, if they so choose.
If we consider the Bruins' dire salary cap situation though, it seems difficult to imagine the Bruins committing precious cap space to the backup goaltender position this summer.
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