Report: Bruins may be close to extending Jeremy Swayman

Has his future been decided?



The Boston Bruins have once again stormed out of the gate, enjoying an 11-1-2 record through the first 14 games of the regular season and effectively putting to rest any thought that it was their turn to take a major step backward, especially after the loss of the likes of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci among others from their lineup. 

And while goaltender Linus Ullmark has continued to see his name pop up in trade rumors (perhaps to the Edmonton Oilers), both he and Jeremy Swayman have quietly gone about their business and continued to post strong numbers between the pipes. 

For Swayman, who took the Bruins to salary arbitration over the summer before the two sides settled on a one year contract, could be be on the verge of a longer deal? Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman made an appearance on ‘The Jeff Marek Show’ yesterday, and implied that the Bruins could be thinking of an extension for Swayman. 

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Boston tries to get Swayman done too because he’s on a one-year deal, and he can extend on January 1st, so I’m curious about that,” Friedman said to Marek. “The way he’s started this year, how well he’s played, how well they’re going, it would not surprise me at all if the Bruins are looking at that as well.”

Swayman put together an incredible regular season in 2022-23, posting a sparkling record of 24-6-4 with a 2.27 goals against average, .920 save percentage and four shutouts during what was Boston's record-breaking campaign that would ultimately end in disaster. 

Swayman would get the nod in net between the pipes for the ill-fated Game 7 of their Round 1 Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Florida Panthers after starter (and eventual 2023 Vezina Trophy winner) Linus Ullmark had carried the torch through the first six games.

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