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Reports: Bruins bolster goalie depth by signing Linus Ullmark

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The Bruins have been VERY busy today.

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Well it looks like the Boston Bruins are adding some goaltending!

It’s reported by multiple sources that Linus Ullmark will sign with the B’s:

With Jaroslav Halak not returning and Tuukka Rask’s impending recovery from surgery (and questionable return after that), you knew the Bruins were looking to add some depth between the pipes.

Given the term and AAV, you have to think this lends weight to the idea that Rask may not be back with the team.

Ullmark has spent the last sixth seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. For the 2020-21 season, he was 9-6-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .917 save percentage.

It's worth noting that those aren't bad numbers for a terrible Buffalo team.

Consider:

It remains to be seen how Bruce Cassidy will split time in the crease between Ullmark, Jeremy Swayman, and Dan Vladar, but adding a veteran like Ullmark at least gives you a buffer if one of those guys falters.

It seems likely that Swayman will be given a shot to earn the starting role, but who knows?

If nothing else, at least this signing wasn't a depth forward.

Something different!

Some added context from Bob McKenzie: