The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday evening that they have signed 27-year-old Swedish forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract. The deal is reportedly worth $1 million per season.
The deal had been in the works while the Swedish hockey federation had been trying to argue that he was still under contract with Linkoping HC through May 15. They wanted to block the move so he could play for Sweden in the world championships.
In the team statement announcing the move the Bruins pointed out that the NHL has approved the contract -- basically meaning the league overruled the Swedish hockey federation's argument -- and that Soderberg is on his way to joining the Bruins.
“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "I would like to thank the president of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big, strong, two-way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.”
In 54 games with Linkoping this season, Soderberg scored 31 goals to go with 29 assists. He led the Swedish Elite League in goals and finished second in the points race.
He was originally a second-round draft pick by the Blues in 2004. The Bruins traded for his rights in 2007 in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen