Vladar will link up with Boston for Phase 3 of the NHL's Return to Play, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports. Vladar is coming off a stellar season with AHL Providence, in which he went 14-7-1 with a .936 save percentage and 1.79 GAA. Even with the strong numbers, the 22-year-old backstop shouldn't be expected to see any game minutes with the Bruins during the playoffs. With both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak signed through the 2020-21 campaign, Vladar figures to spend another year in the minors before getting a shot at the 23-man roster.
Boston reassigned Vladar to AHL Providence on Wednesday. Vladar was up with the big club to serve as Jaroslav Halak's backup while Tuukka Rask (concussion) was on the shelf, but Rask should be ready to return following the NHL's All-Star break, so Vladar likely won't be back with the big club anytime soon. The 22-year-old did not see the ice during his brief stay with the Bruins.
Vladar was recalled from AHL Providence on an emergency basis Saturday. It seems like the Bruins plan on using both Vladar and Max Lagace as their NHL backup while Tuukka Rask (concussion) is stashed on injured reserve. Vladar has registered a terrific 1.86 GAA and .934 save percentage in 13 AHL appearances so far this season. Expect him to dress behind Jaroslav Halak for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
Vladar has been assigned to AHL Providence. Vladar, who backed up Jaroslav Halak in Thursday's win over the Penguins, will be replaced in that capacity by Max Lagace. In 12 appearances with Providence to date, Vladar has carved out a 6-5-0 record with a 1.84 GAA and .935 save percentage. It remains to be seen if the 22-year-old develops into Boston's goalie of the future, but his play at the AHL level this year has been promising and the 6-foot-5, 185-pounder continues to benefit from the tutelage of Bruins goalie coaches Mike Dunham and Bob Essensa, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Vladar has a 5-5 record with a .936 save percentage in 11 games played with AHL Providence. After Kyle Keyser started off the season as Providence's backup behind Maxime Lagace, it didn't look like Vladar would get many looks this season. However, with Keyser being moved to the ECHL after a rough start, Vladar has been able to make the most of his opportunities. At only 22 years old, Vladar has plenty of time to build his game, but he is unlikely to be a regular NHL backup for at least another full season.
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