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Boston Bruins Sign Swedish Forward Jesper Froden

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The Boston Bruins clearly aren’t resting on their laurels after a second round playoff defeat at the end of the New York Islanders, even if they’re not exactly making big roster splashes yet either. On Monday the Bruins announced they had signed 26-year-old Swedish forward Jesper Froden to a one-year, $842,500 contract for the 2021-22 NHL season.

The 5-foot-10, 176-pound Froden had career-highs in goals (22) and points (40) last season in 52 games for Skelleftea and added another three goals in 12 playoff games for his Swedish Elite League hockey club. Froden added three goals and four points during a strong showing at the IIHF World Championships earlier this month as well, so it’s clear his value is at its highest point as a hockey player for a small, undrafted forward out of Sweden.

“The Bruins are very pleased to be adding Jesper to our organization,” said Sweeney. “We have tracked Jesper’s growth in the SHL where he has proven to be highly productive, competitive, and a smart, two-way player. Jesper is very excited to join a competitive team with the opportunity to compete for a roster spot.”

While Froden has been a solid offensive contributor in the Swedish Elite League, his numbers are very comparable to the versatile Par Lindholm, a former Bruins forward that actually played with Froden for Skelleftea after Lindholm returned to Sweden. It’s expected he’d be a candidate to compete for a bottom-6 spot similar to fellow Swedes like Lindholm and Joakim Nordstrom over the last couple of seasons.

With Sean Kuraly at the end of his contract with the Boston Bruins and Curtis Lazar, Chris Wagner and Trent Frederic in the mix for fourth line spots, it makes sense for the Bruins to shore up their organizational depth while taking a chance that maybe there’s something more there with the Swedish right winger. It also gives them another natural right wing when the Bruins were forced to push Jake DeBrusk over to the right side last season once their depth was tested with injuries to Ondrej Kase among others.

Certainly it also shores up their bottom-6 forward depth if the Boston Bruins end up losing a forward in the upcoming Seattle Kraken expansion draft as well.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

Another addition to the providence roster now get busy Sweeney start making moves or you’re fired.

Orrfan

If it turns out Sweeney had a hand in Rask p[laying injured, I’d say fire him NOW.

Fred

Take Neely with him. I loved Neely as a player, not sure he knows how to manage a hockey team though.

Orrfan

If it turns out Sweeney had a hand in sticking with Rask, playing in the playoffs while less than 100%, I’d say fire him NOW.

Duarte Cabral

He just did. He signed Frozen from Sweden. A 5′, 9′ , undersized forward that will get banged around in next year’s playoffs.lmfao!

Duarte

Sweeney JUST DOES NOT GET IT!. Instead of aiming for a bigger team to actually compete in the playoffs, he KEEPS signing these under sized wimpy players. Kuhlman, Zboril, Vaikanaanen(probably spealt wrong), and now Froden. These are the players he LIVES because they are like he was, small, speedy and WIMPY. This is just another target to get banged around by whatever team they play next year in the playoffs. They will never win anything while he is the GM!

Last edited 1 month ago by Duarte
Fred

Sweeney played with Ray Bourque for most of his career, which covered for all his inadequacies.

I simply DO NOT understand this.

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