Thursday, April 11, 2013
Bruins to add Soderberg?
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: So, no dice then. ESPNBoston.com's James Murphy confirms the Swedish Ice Hockey Association has indeed blocked Carl Soderberg's deal with the Boston Bruins. Apparently the national association is fairly intent on Soderberg suiting up for Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championship. The tournament ends May 19.
UPDATE: As relayed by ESPNBoston.com's James Murphy, a source has confirmed that forward Carl Soderberg and the Boston Bruins have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract. His release from Linkoping has also reportedly been finalized.
All that's left -- according to the source -- is for the Swedish Ice Hockey Association to approve Soderberg's transfer.
"... Bruins president Cam Neely said things were 'looking good' for Soderberg joining the Bruins as long as the Swedish Ice Hockey Association signs off on the transfer. He said he planned on giving the 27-year-old a shot to prove himself in the NHL this season and potentially play a role in the Stanley Cup playoffs ..."
As long as he suits up for one regular-season game, Soderberg would be eligible to represent the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
UPDATE: As reported by CSNNE.com, the Boston Bruins are reportedly "very close" to signing Carl Soderberg for the final stretch (and postseason).
"... According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the contract with the 27-year-old Soderberg is all but done from a Bruins perspective and now the team is wading through the international requirements to bring him to the NHL. That means purchasing him from his Linkoping Swedish Elite League club and making sure that the IIHF has signed off on the transaction ..."
The Boston Bruins could have Carl Soderberg in the fold soon. As discussed by NESN, Soderberg's Swedish Elite League squad has been eliminated from the playoffs. Earlier this season, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward (center/wing) wanted to join the Bruins once Linkoping HC was knocked out.
NHL waivers aren't in play since Boston acquired Soderberg's rights in a 2007 trade with the St. Louis Blues. The 27-year-old led the SEL in scoring with 31 goals and 29 points in 54 regular-season games.
"I'm not hanging my hat on this. I hope to get him, and if we get him he will help us," Bruin GM Peter Chiarelli said earlier this year. "I do know where some parties involved will be [in the decision-making process]. I don't know where some other parties involved will be in this."