According to the New England Hockey Journal's Kirk Luedeke, the Boston Bruins have agreed to a three-year contract with Carl Soderberg There have been rumors that the two sides have been negotiating ever since Soderberg's team was eliminated from the Swedish playoffs. There has been no official announcement of the signing yet.
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
The Bruins acquired Soderberg in 2007 and ever since have been trying to get him to come to Boston. If he does sign, Soderberg will still be eligible for the Stanley Cup Playoffs as long as he signs before the regular season ends.
There is still a long way to go though. Soderberg still has to be released from his Swedish contract or the Bruins would have to buyout the remaining years.
If the Bruins do sign Soderberg, it would create a crowded roster. It would make sense that Jordan Caron would be the odd man out when Soderberg arrives but Claude Juien could also scratch any of the other top six forwards as Soderberg is another big body who can score. The 6-foot-3 center also increased the Bruins depth down the middle, which has been tested recently with the loss of Patrice Bergeron.
Hopefully the Bruins can sign Soderberg with enough games left in the regular season so he can adjust to the NHL style.
Soderberg scored 31 goals this season, tops in the Swedish Elite LeagueTags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Carl Soderberg, Hockey, NHL