The Boston Bruins may have help on the way. A report from Darren Dreger states that the Bruins are working to bring in 27-year-old Carl Soderberg to the NHL after the Swedish Elite playoffs conclude.
Look out Eastern Conference. The Bruins may have found their final piece of the puzzle all without having to make a trade.
Unfamiliar with Carl Soderberg? Here's what you need to know.
The Boston Bruins acquired the rights to Soderberg after dealing goaltender Hannu Toivonen to the St. Louis Blues. While Toivonen struggled and eventually left the NHL, unlikely to ever return (Blues fans are still bitter), Soderberg has been tearing up the Swedish leagues in his home country.
In 2012-13, Soderberg led the Swedish Elite League in scoring, notching 31 goals and a total of 60 points in 54 games.
Soderberg is a forward with some size that at age 27 has the bonus of bringing over some experience to the Boston lineup, though none of it has been in the NHL. The Bruins are "closing in" on a deal that will ship Soderberg over as soon as his run in the Swedish Elite playoffs ends. Currently, Soderberg is on Boston's reserve list, meaning he wouldn't have to clear waivers in order to join the Bruins.
What do experts and analysts think Soderberg can provide at the NHL level? That's a mixed bag, but there's some consensus that he could become a legitimate second-line option upon arriving, either at center or on the wing. It's unclear how Boston would use him, but it's believed he'd be an immediate upgrade to their roster.
Is this the acquisition that puts Boston over the hump? As of the date of this article the Bruins find themselves 4th in the East, ready to challenge Montreal for the lead in the Northeast Division. It's safe to say that if they are able to bring in Soderberg, the odds of Boston hoisting the Cup should only improve. It also would place immense pressure on other teams in the East to make a move or risk falling further behind.
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