According to Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, the team is close to adding Carl Söderberg to their lineup.
The Bruins have been trying to add him for the past five years and now they are finally close to making it happen. The big forward is having a great season so far for Linköping HC in the Swedish Elite League.
This season, Söderberg has scored 31 goals and tallied 29 assists. His 60 points was good for second in the league in points. The forward also recorded a plus- 18.
According to reports, Söderberg will fly to Boston once his Swedish team has finished their playoff run. Linköping is a fifth seed competing against the fourth seed, HV71 in a seven-game series. The first four games are set to take place this week, March 13 through March 19.
Of course Bruins fans wish him the best during his playoff run in Sweden, however they are excited to see what he can contribute to the team’s third line in Boston. The Bruins’ third line has been a problem all year long and the team is in need of a solution, could that be Söderberg?
The Malmö, Sweden native was selected 49th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, before being traded to the Bruins in 2007 for Hannu Toivonen. Although he was drafted in 2004, Söderberg has never played professional hockey in North America.
The 27-year-old is a center over in Sweden, however most likely will don a Bruins sweater at wing, with David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell all logging time at the center position.
There are a few New England natives that are excited to see the name Söderberg on the back of a Bruins sweater and are counting down the days.