North Dakota junior Zane McIntyre, this year’s Mike Richter Award winner as the top NCAA goalie, is reportedly contemplating skipping his senior season to turn pro and join the Bruins, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Taken by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, McIntyre’s decision might’ve been swayed by Niklas Svedberg’s recent signing in the KHL. The departure of Svedberg, Tuukka Rask’s backup last season, could create a domino effect throughout the organization’s goalie depth chart.
As it stands, Malcolm Subban — the club’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — will presumably continue his progression next season with AHL Providence, the same place McIntyre would (likely) land if he turned pro.
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reports that Boston is likely to go “the affordable veteran free agent route” with regards to Rask’s backup next season, but a spot at the NHL level could open up the season following — with either McIntyre or Subban vying for it.
According to a report out of Russia, Boston Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg has signed a one-year deal in the KHL with Salavat.
Svedberg is a restricted free agent.
In 18 games this season the 25-year-old had a 7-5-1 record to go along with a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .918 save percentage.
Former Calgary Flames prospect Leland Irving was one of three goaltenders to play for Salavat this season.
The Boston Bruins leave Saturday’s game with their own concerns regarding their top goalie, but they made life difficult for the New York Rangers’ returning No. 1 this afternoon.
After taking a 3-0 lead, the Bruins cruised to a 4-2 win that was probably more lopsided than the score indicated.
Again, plenty of thoughts revolve around Tuukka Rask’s status; the Bruins haven’t been particularly forthcoming regarding his condition. Niklas Svedberg was able to maintain Boston’s lead after taking over early in the second period, yet considering the Bruins’ thin grasp on a wild card spot (Ottawa can go right back ahead by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight), this is a worrisome situation.
On the bright side, the Bruins looked strong for much of this game, as it would be unfair to blame the loss totally on a rusty Henrik Lundqvist.
(That said, it was clear that Lundqvist was rusty.)
The B’s place in the postseason is shaky – Ottawa can knock them back out of the wild card ranks by beating the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs tonight – but this is still a big win.
Note: An earlier version of this post mentioned that Boston’s win clinched for Montreal, but that is not true.