Apr. 13- According to Bob McKenzie the NHL ruled that since Soderberg was released from his team he is eligible to sign with the Boston Bruins even though the SIHF objects.
Apr. 11 – After days of reports that had Swedish sensation Carl Soderberg coming to terms with the Boston Bruins and finally getting ready to make his long anticipated NHL debut, Bruins fans may have to wait a little longer.
According to James Murphy from ESPN Boston via Twitter, a source close to the situation says the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has blocked the deal that would see Soderberg head to North America and suit up for the Bruins in time for the playoff run.
A report on ESPN by Victoria Matiash has the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation wanting Soderberg to play for his home country at this year’s IIHF Championships that don’t end until May 19. It is believed that Soderberg would have to be on the Bruins roster prior to the start of the playoffs to make him eligible for the postseason. If the block is in fact enforced the Bruins would not have Soderberg’s services until next season.
More on this as it unfolds.
Apr. 10 – After much anticipation it seems that Carl Soderberg has finally signed with the Boston Bruins. According to Darren Dreger he could be in Boston by this weekend. Dreger also reported that this year he will be paid $600,000 including his signing bonus and for the next 2 seasons he will receive 1 million.
The Bruins acquired the rights for Soderberg in 2007 through a deal with the St. Louis Blues. With Boston lacking in the scoring department and losing out on so many trades at the deadline it is definitely the right time to add (as Derek Stykalo likes to call him) the Swedish scoring sensation.
Although Soderberg has done well in Sweden Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t want to hype him up to much. According to the Boston Globe Chiarelli said this:
“He’d have to get here, then adjust to our game, and we’ve seen just this year how Tyler [Seguin] had to adjust after being over there, how goalies have to adjust when they come here. But it’s looking better and we’d be fortunate to have him.’’
In any case we will likely see this weekend if all the hype surrounding Soderberg was merited or if he will just be another underachiever.
Derek Stykalo contributed to this post.