One of the biggest storylines for the Boston Bruins last season will have to wait before he can make his first full-season debut with the team.
Carl Soderberg, who the Bruins successfully brought over from Sweden last March, is doubtful for the team’s regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night. His injury occurred last Friday when Boston took on the Winnipeg Jets in a preseason game. Soderberg’s skate was caught in a rut on the ice, causing him to twist his ankle. Coach Claude Julien reported today that the Swedish winger is still experiencing swelling.
It seemed like it took forever for the Bruins to finally bring Soderberg onto their roster. They acquired the rights to him from the St. Louis Blues in 2007. However, he spent the past six years in his native Sweden, most recently playing for Linköpings HC. At one point this past spring, Boston thought they had acquired him, only to be blocked by the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation in hopes of retaining him for the national team. However, Soderberg refused to play, and was ultimately released and sent to Boston.
Soderberg wasn’t the only injured Bruin today. David Krejci, coming off of an incredible postseason, is suffering from back spasms. However, Julien intimated his star center should be ready to go Thursday, most likely returning to practice tomorrow.
“We’re hoping to see David on the ice [Wednesday],” Julien told reporters. “We’re optimistic about that. Soderberg, again, he’s just being evaluated. There’s some swelling, so we don’t know exactly until that swelling goes down a little bit more. He’s a little bit longer and I would say doubtful for Thursday, highly doubtful. David, we’re optimistic things are going to go well for him.”
In the grand scheme of things, Krejci is a much more important piece to the Bruins than Soderberg. The Swede still needs some time to fully acquaint himself with the NHL. Krejci, meanwhile, is anchoring the Bruins’ top line with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla. Its best to allow Soderberg some time to heal so he can take on his first full season in the best possible condition.