Goaltender Johan Backlund has played five seasons in the Swedish Elite League. (Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have agreed to terms with 6-2, 198-pound free agent goaltender Johan Backlund on a one-year contract, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“Johan is a player who we have watched over the last couple of years and we really like,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “He will bring depth to our organization at the goaltender position.”
In 49 games with Timra of the Swedish Elite League this season, the 27-year-old has a 2.56 goals against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. He has spent the last three seasons with Timra (2006-07 through 2008-09), registering a 2.32 goals against average, .909 save percentage and 16 shutouts in 145 games.
In five career seasons in the Swedish Elite League with Timra and Leksands IF, Backlund has a career 2.54 goals against average, .908 save percentage and 19 shutouts in 287 games.
Backlund also represented Sweden in the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. He appeared in six games, registering a 2.01 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Sweden finished in fourth place in the tournament, losing the Bronze Medal game to Russia.