***Update – according to CSNNE.com, the Boston Bruins are “very close” to finalizing a contract with Swedish scoring sensation Carl Soderberg.
Joe Haggerty, the Bruins Insider reports that a source who is close to the situation claims the two sides are all but done and all that’s left is for Boston management to sift through the international processes of bringing him to North America. Haggerty mentions that the Bruins need to purchase Soderberg from his Swedish team Linkoping and ensure the IIHF has “signed off on the transaction.”
The Bruins could add Soderberg to their playoff roster providing he has a deal in place and is on the Bruins active roster prior to the end of the season.
For the Boston Bruins, the trade deadline was a fairly successful one. Acquiring veteran Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars after losing out on both Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla, the Bruins added some size and scoring and appear to be set for another deep playoff run.
Just because the trade deadline has passed doesn’t mean the Bruins aren’t finished tinkering with their roster though. According to NESN, the Bruins could sign Swedish forward Carl Soderberg to a NHL contract and bring him to the New England area in time for the cup run.
NESN reports that Soderberg was playing in the Swedish Elite League for the team of Linkopings HC and has since been eliminated from their playoffs after losing four straight to the Skelleftea AIK.
Reports out of Boston earlier this season had the Bruins signing Soderberg to a pro-contract and finally bringing the power forward to North America.
Standing in at 6-foot-3, Soderberg is the ideal model of a power forward that the Bruins like to have in their lineup. And he has a scoring touch to go with his rough style of play. This season in Sweden, Soderberg scored 31 goals and added 29 assists in 54 games. His 31 goals led the league.
Originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues, Soderberg was traded to the Bruins in 2007 but the club has yet to be able to convince him to come over to play in the NHL.
Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t getting too excited about the thought of adding Soderberg to the Bruins lineup based on his comments to NESN.
“I’m not hanging my hat on this. I hope to get him, and if we get him he will help us.”
As this story unfolds we’ll keep you up to date right here at Too Many Men.