Multiple sources state the Bruins are close to adding Swedish forward Carl Söderberg to their roster. Söderberg, who was acquired by the Bruins from the St. Louis Blues in a trade back in 2007, is close to signing a three-year deal with the team. The Bruins have stated all along, they wanted to get him signed once his Swedish Elite League playoff series was over.
The contract has been reported to have been completed and is a three-year deal. However, it isn’t as simple as signing the “Yeti” to a deal. The Bruins would also need to buy out Söderberg from Linkoping of the SEL. Additionally, the Bruins would need to be granted approval by the IIHF, before he would be allowed to join the team.
Söderberg was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry draft by the Blues, but he has never played a game in North America. He has spent all of his professional career in Sweden.
The 27-year-old is a smart hockey player with a very hard shot. Söderberg led the SEL in goal scoring with 31 goals. He has a big 6-foot-3 frame, but is not very physical. The forward is a good skater, has a powerful stride and his quick feet makes it very easy to get around his opponents.
Peter Chiarelli has stated in the past he is hopeful to get Söderberg in a Bruins uniform so he is ready for the postseason. If he signs a contract before the end of the regular season, he will be eligible to skate in the playoffs.