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Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg

Apr 13, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

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It sounds like the Boston Bruins have sorted things out with Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports that the team officially signed the prospect on Saturday and that he’s expected to join up with the B’s on Wednesday.

The team announced that it’s a three-year, one-way deal that carries an annual cap hit of $1 million.

Word surfaced on Thursday that the Swedish Federation was going to make it difficult for Soderberg to play for the Bruins, citing an urge to have the 27-year-old represent his country during the 2013 IIHF World Championship tournament.

Whatever issues must have been patched up, however, allowing the Bruins to add a guy who some believe is the Swedish Elite League’s best player to their playoff mix.

Soderberg scored 60 points in 54 games for Linköping in the SEL this season. He’s described as a solid two-way player, too, so there’s a chance he’ll mesh well with Claude Julien’s demanding system.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Suck on it Sweden

  2. onearmdragon - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I wonder what the transfer fee to the Swedish Federation was.

    Soderberg got $500K, could the association get even half that?

    I may hate Jacobs, but I’m glad his cheapash days with Bruins cash are over.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    This is a surprising development. I thought Sweden put the kabash on this deal. Glad they got it worked out, I wanted to see this kid play in the NHL. Nice late season addition for the Bruins. And they need it with their recent rash of injuries.

  4. Martin Ericsson - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I won’t put my money on it, but I think that Söderberg, Linköping and Boston went behind the federation’s back on this. What I’ve heard is that Söderberg was a free agent, which means that the federation couldn’t do anything about it.

    Though, to become a free agent he had to end his still two year long contract with Linköping, and I guess that’s what happened (and I also guess that Boston helped Söderberg with that part, the money issue, of the deal).

    All I know is that Boston didn’t pay the federation:
    – It is a decision that goes completely against the board decision we made. It is clear that you are disappointed (from Peter Forsberg of the federation tonight).

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