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B’s could have Soderberg for playoffs

Apr 9, 2013, 4:47 PM EST

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The Boston Bruins have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with Swedish forward Carl Soderberg, according to ESPN.

Late last night, CSNNE.com reported that the club was “very close” to getting something done.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the contract with the 27-year-old Soderberg is all but done from a Bruins perspective and now the team is wading through the international requirements to bring him to the NHL. That means purchasing him from his Linkoping Swedish Elite League club and making sure that the IIHF has signed off on the transaction

Bottom line: it sounds like Soderberg could be in a Boston uniform for the playoffs. And given he scored an SEL-high 31 goals in 54 games this season, the B’s might be able to use him.

“He’s a big body, and he’s a really good shot too,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He could definitely help us.”

Soderberg was drafted 49th overall in 2004 by St. Louis. In 2007, the B’s acquired him in a trade, sending Hannu Toivonen to the Blues in return.

  1. rdurk86 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    The One Eyed Swede has been located!

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I’m sure his offense will flourish playing on the 4th line

  3. nhstateline - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    as long as he doesn’t fall under the bad influence of Jagr and start shooting the puck and driving to the net instead of cycling endlessly. Seriously, the made this trade six years ago and never gave up on getting him…kudos to the management team for that.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      In what horrendously misguided viewpoint is Jagr a bad influence on anything hockey related?

  4. nhstateline - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    as long as he doesn’t fall under the bad influence of Jagr and start shooting the puck and driving to the net instead of cycling endlessly. Seriously, they made this trade six years ago and never gave up on getting him…kudos to the management team for that.

  5. nunan - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Man, if the Bs could just find their game, they would be so strong. On paper, they have the deepest line-up. Who knows how Soderberg will translate in the NHL but he obviously has a ton of skill and is going to be placed on that third line. No matter what happens, he is going to improve that line. It’s the ‘musical chair’ line. When healthy, some winger is going to get pushed down from the current top 6. Combined with Soderberg and either Kelly or Peverley in the middle, there will finally be some legit skill there. I’m hoping for a Soderberg-Peverley-Horton line but that’s just me. Put Jagr with Bergeron and Seguin with Krejci.

  6. odj810 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    will he have to pass through waivers? i know theres been alot of grey area with people coming over from europe.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      no, he was already property of the Bruins

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