Bruins 'very close' to finally landing Carl Soderberg

Bruins 'very close' to finally landing Carl Soderberg
April 8, 2013, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins’ pursuit of Carl Soderberg was expected to heat up once his Swedish Elite League team was eliminated from the playoffs, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the big Swedish center.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the contract with the 27-year-old Soderberg is all but done from a Bruins perspective and now the team is wading through the international requirements to bring him to the NHL. That means purchasing him from his Linkoping Swedish Elite League club and making sure that the IIHF has signed off on the transaction

Soderberg's Linkoping team was eliminated from the playoffs last week.

“It’s very close,” said the hockey source.

Soderberg would be eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs provided he’s brought into the fold prior to the end of the regular season, and could be a big help to a Bruins team always looking for some size and offense. He had 31 goals and 60 points in 54 Swedish Elite League games this season, and brings a 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame into the mix along with a set of skills that has scouts drooling.

“He’s a big body, and he’s a really good shot too,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He could definitely help us.”

The Bruins have been in hot pursuit of Soderberg since his rights were traded to Boston from the St. Louis Blues in 2006-07 in exchange for Finnish goaltender Hannu Toivonen. Soderberg had always refused to leave his native Sweden to play hockey in North America, raising doubts if he ever had the desire to play in the NHL.

But it appears that the Bruins might be on the verge of finally bringing the mythic Swedish forward to Boston for his first look in a Black-and-Gold uniform at a time when the B’s could use a few extra bodies with some offensive skill.