After acquiring some additional depth players to help them in their quest for another Stanley Cup, the Bruins are reportedly close to landing another. Sources indicate that the team is close to signing Carl Soderberg, the Swedish center whose rights were acquired by Boston in the Hannu Toivenen trade to St. Louis back in 2007.
The Bruins have publicly stated that they’re hopeful the Swede will be in the mix before the end of the NHL regular season, and now that the 27-year old’s Swedish Elite League team was just eliminated from the playoffs, it appears the B’s are making their move.
The New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke tweeted Monday night that a deal was done between the Bruins and Soderberg. Luedeke followed that up Tuesday morning by saying the B’s and Soderberg had agreed to a three-year deal.
Change to initial report about contract length- now being told Soderberg will sign with Boston for 3 years- team is all-in on the Yeti- mtf
— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) April 9, 2013
However, there are still some additional details to be worked out to complete the transfer process. The Bruins also need to buy out Soderberg’s SEL contract and have the IIHF approve the buyout. According to reports, a deal is “very close” to being completed.
Soderberg, a second round pick in 2004, is a big body at 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds and is a known playmaker on the ice. He led the SEL with a career-high 60 points this season, scoring 31 goals and tallying 29 assists. The Bruins could certainly use his skills to help them out on offense and provide some additional depth to their roster, so it will be interesting to see if and when a deal can be finalized.