Bruins sign goaltender Niklas Svedberg

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Bruins sign goaltender Niklas Svedberg

After rumored reports last week, the Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, May 29, that the club has signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level contract. Svedberg, a 22-year-old goaltender from Sollentuna, Sweden, played the past two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League (SEL).

In the 2011-12 regular season, Svedberg posted a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV in 29 games. He also recorded a 1.70 GAA and .947 SV with four shutouts in 13 playoff games, leading Brynas to their first SEL title since 1999.

In 2010-11, the 6-foot-2, 176-pound goalie compiled a 2.28 GAA and .917 SV with two shutouts in 21 games with Brynas. Svedberg had previously played three seasons with Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the SEL, appearing in 36 games. In 2009-10, he posted a 2.59 GAA and .900 SV with 22 penalty minutes in 32 games.

The signing of Svedberg means the organization now has five goalies under contract for next season including Tim Thomas, Anton Khudobin, Michael Hutchinson and Adam Morrison. Tuukka Rask is still a restricted free agent.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.