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Report: Swedish Federation blocks Soderberg from joining Bruins

Apr 11, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, it appeared all but certain the Boston Bruins would have Swedish forward Carl Soderberg for the playoffs. Unfortunately for the B’s, the Swedish Federation has reportedly refused to release the big 27-year-old that scored 31 times for Linkoping this season.

It appears the Swedish Federation wants Soderberg to represent the country during the upcoming IIHF World Championship, which runs May 3-19 in Stockholm and Helsinki.

The NHL playoffs start April 30.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    The B’s can’t catch a break this season

    • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Really? Out of all the things that have happened to all the teams, you think the Bruins can’t catch a break?

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Over the last few weeks, yes, they have had some bad luck

      • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        That’s still nothing compared to Detroit’s injury issues, Ottawa’s top players being out, and Florida just generally being bad plus having guys like Weiss, Versteeg and Jovo injured much of the time. Respectively, they’ve lost 186, 163 and 158 man games to injury (as of March 27). The Bruins had lost 19 man games in that time. Even recent stuff doesn’t put them anywhere close to the issues those teams have had they couldn’t control.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Congrats, you win the pissing contest

      • nunan - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        No matter how you look at it, the crap the Bruins have had to deal with when trying to acquire players these past few weeks is absurd. If he needs to clarify his statement by adding ‘the Bs can’t catch a break this season when trying to improve their team”, than fine but the Iginla fiasco and now this is incredible. Both times, there have been parties outside of the Bruin’s organization that have screwed them out of a talented player. In this case, I think he’ll end up here eventually but either way, it’s already ridiculous.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Hey, just trying to remind people that not being able to acquire an extra player is not nearly as rough as some other teams have had it. Would Iginla have been a bonus? Sure, but then they got Jagr instead – no big loss. Soderberg is a maybe at best and like bringing up a guy performing well in the AHL. Compare that to losing Karlsson and Spezza for extended periods, and then losing the frontliner (at the time) for the Vezina to injury as well.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        I should probably add the now forgotten Tim Thomas to the other side of the ledger as a big break that they found someone to take his cap hit off their books. All in all, not a heck of a lot for Bruins fans to complain about this year by comparison.

  2. Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I hope Sweden lose every game in the WC after that decision. And I’m FROM Sweden.

    • blomfeld - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Mår du bra eller ?

      As a former Canadian resident of “gamla Sverige” and holder of “permanent” Swedish citizenship, my question to you is as follows … just what the hell are you talking about? I mean seriously, one’s country must always be a “quality” person’s top priority! I personally have German and English blood pulsating through my veins, probably with a dash of something else? Yet I know you people like I know my own ass! And if there’s one thing I remember from my time in Sweden, it’s that the Swedes are one of the most “decent” and “values-driven” groups of people to be found anywhere! So please stand down from your calls for “greed” and “selfishness” and instead support the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation’s wish that young Soderberg does the “right” thing by representing his homeland before money !

      Heja Sverige !!! :)

      • Martin Ericsson - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        This young guy is 27. It isn’t about the money, it’s all about playing the best hockey in the world, and I think that every hockey player wants to do that. Söderberg chose to play in the NHL because he WANTED to, not because he wanted to play in the Swedish national team.

  3. groess - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Really, where was this guy going to fit in? That’s a pretty tight locker room and I think a guy coming over from Sweden, unproven in the NHL and knocking a guy like Thornton or Paille out of the line-up would have caused more harm than good.

  4. Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    And it is actually confirmed, not just a report (in Swedish):

    • Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM


      – According to the agreement we have with the NHL, there is a clause which states that a player who has been selected in the national team should not play in the NHL. It is a matter of principle for us we release on this can start an avalanche of transitions after the season, said the union’s vice-president Peter Forsberg. (Again, not THAT Peter Forsberg)

      • Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        And yes, it is Google Translate, I didn’t have time to translate it myself 😉

  5. 19to77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    NHL teams do the reverse all the time – blocking prospects especially from jumping into the World Juniors sometimes because they’re about to go on a playoff run or otherwise think they’re about to use the player. It’s aggravating, but both sides do it for pretty understandable reasons. Still a bit of a dick move every time though.

    • rdurk86 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Yeah but the reverse isn’t nearly as damaging. They are blocking him from earning a better living and playing in a more competitive league.

  6. tdrusher225 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    This is ridiculous. I hate you Sweden. They should just tell him to get on a plane and come over here anyway. What’re they gonna do arrest him?

    • Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      No, but if he do he will be suspended from the national team and will not be able to participate in various tournaments like WC or the olympics.

      And if the NHL allows him to play it will harm the agreement between the Swedish league and the NHL.

      • gmanonthird - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Doesn’t blocking his transfer also harm the agreement between the two leagues?

      • Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        In my opinion it does, yes. But the Swedish Hockey Federation doesn’t think so – they only think about themselves, as they always do. They actually believe that the WC and to represent the national team is the dream for every hockey player (NHL is always in second place, maybe even third, after the Swedish league).

        Last year for example – the price for ONE WC group stage ticket was about 150 dollars. In the end they had to give the tickets away for free, nobody was willing to pay for them at all.

      • ThatGuy - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        No it doesn’t harm the agreement, because its a clause built into the agreement. They are exercising their right under the transfer agreement to keep a player that spent the season in the SEL for the World Championships(which is a much bigger deal to european countries than North American, especially with Sweden being a host of the tournament this year)

      • gmanonthird - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        I’m obviously mistaken based on the above, but I thought the only way they could block the transfer was if the player had an existing contract with an SEL club, and the Bruins had bought that contract out.

        Any chance this gets worked out? The player wants to play in the NHL, the NHL team wants to sign the player, the SEL team will receive the $250k per the transfer agreement… the only party not on board is the SIHA.

      • tdrusher225 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        As far as real world solutions go, I’d say try to find their price. But, I’m not sure they’ll want to budge since he did promise to play. Tough year for Peter Chiarelli.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I’m sure Sweden hates the Bruins too…if Boston needs this kid so bad, get him in the off-season. He’s committed, pick someone else to yank from their country for a month and then toss away.

      • tdrusher225 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        The Bruins signed him to a 3-year contract and they clearly need him right now, not next year genius. Sweden is the only thing in the way because they’re putting their own interests above Soderberg’s. Besides, the WC are of little importance to anyone outside of Sweden in comparison to he NHL. And the league’s best player clearly sees the NHL as more important than the WC, just like the rest of the world. I understand the commitment, but they shouldn’t be allowed to control him. It should be his decision whether to honor a commitment, not theirs.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        The agreements they have are in place for a reason, genius. I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass WHAT the B’s need. Bruins fans want the entire country of Sweden to take a back seat to the city of Boston…silly, really. But as it is, looks like money and greed wins out, they got him anyway. All you need is money, and agreements and rights just ‘go away’…

      • tdrusher225 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Oh you’re so full of it dude. You think the principle really matters to Sweden? Then why’d they let him go? If it was so important they would’ve refused any offer because he made an agreement and had to honor it. But nope, they only cared because they were the ones getting screwed over. Had it been the other way around they wouldn’t have cared. Just have to pretend care about principle until they bribe you enough. Hypocrites.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Actually I think we’re agreeing, in a round about way. I’m saying Boston most likely gave some contribution towards ‘international relations’ and bought out their ‘give a damn’.

  7. bruinsfan1953 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I believe a NHL team had some influence on that decision . Come Mario fess us

    • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Iginla must have called them up.

  8. nhstateline - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I can imagine the motivational speech he’ll get from the Swedes: “Now Carl, we just screwed you out of a couple of hundred thousand Euro and the chance to get started on the next part of your career as you had hoped but I’m sure you can see that it’s important to give it your all now for us the people who did this to you….” I would be surprised if there weren’t serious motivational issues with this player for this tournament given what his federation just did to him. It wouldn’t be human to not be at least a little unhappy with them from his point of view.

    As for the Bruins, not more injuries, just a bunch in a short time but the trade that fell apart and now this in such a short order, that’s unusual. This is a lot different from the Calgary thing, the Swedish Federation never said he could come then went back on it. They’re exercising their rights under an agreement, very different thing.

  9. nunan - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    So, he must be talented..

    • Martin Ericsson - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      He’s extremely talented. One of few players worth to watch in the Swedish league.
      Player profile:

  10. 8man - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Did anyone ask Carl Soderberg what he thinks? I’d be interested to hear it. Just to see if he’s being “held against his will.” Maybe he didn’t want to come, didn’t want to say no and had the Swedish Federation make it easy for him. We all assume that the NHL is every player’s dream. Maybe not. Just throwing it out there.

    • Martin Ericsson - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      Söderberg wants to play in the NHL and he’s considering a boycott of the Swedish national team.

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Okay. Well then, there you have it. Then lets get that boy into black and gold. Thanks.

  11. datsyukdominates - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Everyone complaining clearly doesn’t understand how these international agreements work, and should stop acting like they’re the only team affected by it. For example, the Red Wings top Euro prospect, Calle Jarnkrok, was allowed to come play in the AHL (and only there, specifically NOT the NHL), but only AFTER his SEL season was completed, and only for 9 games. He then has to return back to Sweden to prepare for the National Team. The rules are the same for everyone. The Wings actually contacted the NHL league office before having Jarnkrok come over, where they were explained the rule against joining the Wings, thus avoiding the fan backlash you’re seeing from Bruins fans now.

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