Bruins agree to terms with G Toivonen

Apr 26, 2007 - 9:58 PM BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins still have faith in Hannu Toivonen.

The team's first-round pick in 2002, Toivonen agreed to terms with the Bruins on a one-year contract extension Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Drafted 29th overall, Toivonen showed promise as a rookie in 2005-06, posting a 9-5-4 record, 2.63 goals-against average and one shutout in 20 games. But the 22-year-old Finn regressed this past season, going 3-9-1 with a 4.23 GAA in 18 contests, and spent much of the campaign with Providence of the American Hockey League.

With the Bruins' affiliate, Toivonen went 13-13-1 with a 2.37 GAA.

"We feel that Hannu has shown the dedication and the proper attitude the whole year," Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "Hannu has the right head, the right heart and all of the tools to be a good NHL goalie for many years. We felt that it was imperative to get him signed at this point."

Toivonen also has appeared in four games with Providence this postseason, going 2-2 with a 3.18 GAA. The team takes on Hartford in Game Five of its first-round series of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Thursday.

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