The Transaction is Finished: Söderberg to Join Boston

Carl Soderberg (Photo Credit: anders-h-foto/Flickr)

Carl Soderberg (Photo Credit: anders-h-foto/Flickr)

After much deliberation and a long time coming, Swedish power forward Carl Söderberg has agreed to a deal with the Boston Bruins and has been released from his Swedish team.

Söderberg’s rights were aquired by the Boston Bruins in a trade with the St. Louis Blues, however, the forward has never played in a single game for the National Hockey League.  In 54 games with SEI he potted 31 goals and 29 assists and sported a +8 rating overall.  Due to Söderberg being available and in Boston prior to the end of the season (by the end of the week he should be present), he is eligible to play in the playoffs. 

In case you are wondering what to expect from the Swedish elite, think along the lines of Milan Lucic with the two-way ability of Chris Kelly all rolled into one. As one website put it:

“A rather complete and well-rounded player. Söderberg is a very talented and highly skilled center with good two-way ability. He has excellent hockey sense, decent nose for the net and fine playmaking ability. Release is good and so are his technical skills and creativity. Not the fastest of skaters, but feet are still pretty good. Controls the puck very comfortably with his reach. Valuable in short-handed situations.”

The addition of Soderberg comes at an important time as he should prove to be a valuable player come time for the playoffs which are a mere 9 games away.   Don’t be surprised if you see the likes of him fitting into the lineup and guys like Jay Pandolfo, Shawn Thornton and/or Jordan Caron getting the healthy scratch in the post-season.

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