BOSTON -- The do-or-die moment might be coming in the long, strange journey from Sweden to Boston of prospect Carl Soderberg.
Soderberg’s Swedish Elite League Linkoping team has fallen to 3-1 in its seven-game playoff series, and negotiations to bring him to the B's may soon be ready to begin. The 27-year-old center had 31 goals and 60 points in 54 gamesin a breakout season, and has finally expressed an interest in joining the NHL.
That was music to the ears of the Bruins front office, which has been attempting to get the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Soderberg to attend NHL development camp or training camp for the last seven years.
Soderberg, who suffered a serious eye injury early in his career, had always been hesitant about jumping to the NHL. But general manager Peter Chiarelli has had discussions with Soderberg's agent, J.P. Barry.
“I’m not hanging my hat on this. I hope to get him, and if we get him he will help us,” said Chiarelli. “I do know where some parties involved will be [in the decision-making process]. I don’t know where some other parties involved will be in this.”
Soderberg originally became Boston’s property when he was traded to the Bruins in exchange for Finnish goaltender Hannu Toivonen in Chiarelli’s first year.