The Boston Bruins have signed prospect Carl Soderberg to a 3-year deal.
Soderberg, who was drafted 49th overall by St. Louis in 2004, was traded to the Bruins in exchange for Hannu Toivonen in 2007.
Soderberg has been playing in the Swiss Elite League, where he has amassed career totals of 29 goals and 31 assists this year. He is expected to jump right to the Bruins roster once he joins the team in the next 7 days.
While a natural center, the 6’3″, 207lb forward nicknamed “Yeti” might be in line to replace Nathan Horton next year, as the Bruin Right Winger has not yet been resigned by Boston. Peter Chiarelli typically resigns players he intends to keep long before the season is over, and the fact he and Andrew Ference have it been extended, combined with their streaky inconsistent play, is rather telling.
While is size could provide an immediate impact, the switch from European play to North American style might take a bit of time to adjust to, so don’t anticipate him being any sort of savior. But he could pump more life into the tired Bruins locker room, as well as a spark on the second line while Bergeron recovers from his concussion.
Soderberg will make $600,000 this year, and 1 million each of the next teo years.