According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Carl Soderberg, a Swedish scoring sensation is interested in joining the Boston Bruins at some point this season.
Soderberg is currently playing in the Sweden Elite League and will fulfill his obligation to his club and play throughout the SEL playoffs. Once those conclude, Soderberg has apparently expressed his interest in joining the Bruins for what would be another playoff run. And there could be mutual interest.
Soderberg stands at 6’3,” 225-pounds and is the exact type of body the Bruins have said to be looking to add before this year’s trade deadline. The Bruins third line is need of a spark as Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley are both struggling and adding Soderberg’s offensive abilities could be a tremendous upgrade.
This season in the Swedish Elite Leauge, Soderberg has 31 goals and 29 assists in 54 games for the Linkoping HC. An attractive offensive line to say the least. Granted the players that light up the Euorpean leagues don’t necessarily mean they’ll come to North America and have the same success. There are some that do, but there are some that don’t so the jury is still out on Soderberg. All early indications though point that this guy could have an immediate impact for the Bruins.
Originally drafted 49th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Soderberg never suited up for the Blues and was traded to Boston in 2007 for Hannu Toivenen. Dreger reports that he would not have to clear waivers before joining the Bruins.
Yesterday we reported that the Bruins were interested in Sharks forward, Ryan Clowe, another power forward who has struggled greatly this season in San Jose. Adding Soderberg might give them the size they desire on the third line and won’t have to give up a player or draft pick to get Clowe.