After months of waiting, Boston Bruins finally sign Tukarsk Signed a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday. It’s great to see the seasoned webmaster back as he has had a great tenure with this team.However, as expected, the goalkeeper Jeremy Sweetman Has become an oddball and is back with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Given the Bears’ goalie trio, it has to be Swieman heading to the minors. Because he’s still on an entry-level contract, he’s the only goaltender who doesn’t need to clear waivers to be sent off, making him the only victim of Lasker’s signing — and it’s hard not to feel bad for him.
Sweetman has proven he’s an NHL goalie
When Sweetman made his NHL debut with the Bruins last season, he is extraordinary. In 10 games, he’s 7-3-0 with a 1.50 goalscoring average and a 0.945 save percentage. Of course, there are questions about his performance in his first full season in Boston. Young goalkeepers can be inconsistent, especially early in their careers.That and Lasker’s long-term injury prompted the Bruins to sign Linus Ulmark In the summer. They also traded rookie Daniel Vladal Calgary Flames in the process.
This season, Sweetman’s performance doesn’t deserve relegation. In 16 games with the Bruins, he’s 8-6-2 with a 2.26 field goal average and a 0.918 save percentage; the latter numbers perfectly suggest he’s an NHL-level goalie. At times, he looked stronger than Ullmark, who had an 11-5-0 record, 0.2.57 goals and 0.917 save percentage. Those numbers aren’t bad, but they show that it’s debatable who is the better goalie, and none of them struggled to get relegated from the NHL roster.
Will Swayman benefit from returning to Providence?
Given his performance in Boston, Sweetman should dominate the AHL, and Providence would benefit from having an NHL goalie on their roster. They’re 13-9-3 and fourth in the AHL Atlantic Division, so he should help them have a chance at the playoffs. However, it’s worth considering how much Swayman can improve in the face of weaker competition.
The biggest positive here is that he will be playing regularly. With Ullmark, Swayman didn’t start many games in a row without much stretch. He’ll get that opportunity in the AHL, and when the Bears finally need to call him, he should stay fresh. It’s better to play with Providence and wait for the call, rather than ride the pines as a third-line goalie in Boston.
Jack Ottinger of the star can be contacted
The Dallas Stars’ Jake Ottinger can relate to this situation. After a strong rookie season in 2020-21, the 23-year-old is back in the AHL for the Texas Stars this season, and he’s also the only one who doesn’t need an explicit waiver because there are so many goalies on the roster.The Stars started the season with offseason acquisitions of Braden Holtby and Anton Kudobin as their duo, while Ben Bishop was also set to make a comeback but suffered a knee injury forcing him to retire After only one appearance in Texas.
The good thing here is that Cudobin was waived and sent to the minors after a poor start to the season. This in turn, Cemented Oettinger’s place on the NHL team, and he has been excellent ever since. In 11 games this season, he’s 8-2-0 with an average of 2.22 goals and a 0.923 save percentage. Oettinger’s relegation to the minors doesn’t affect his NHL ability, and if he continues to play so well, he won’t be back there. Maybe the same thing will happen to Swieman.
While Boston’s goalie situation is a little different, Sweetman should keep a close eye on Ottinger’s journey. Just because he’s in Providence now, doesn’t mean he won’t be back in Boston anytime soon. The Lasker signing was a good one. The team acquired their all-time winning goalie in a team-friendly trade, which couldn’t be more fitting for the Bruins, who have a 19-11-2 record and are fourth in the Atlantic Division. Even with all this, however, we can’t ignore that Sweetman has done enough to become an NHL goalie and he should be the future of Boston’s crease.
Michael DeRosa is a contributor covering the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks for Hockey Writers. Since 2017, he has written and edited for numerous websites. In addition to his work for THW, you can find him at NHLTradeRumors.me, BBallRumors.com, BaseballRumors.me, FootballRumors.me, and The Rat Trick.