Seriously. The Hockey Yeti is officially a Boston Bruin. It's on the Bruins website and everything now:
“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. 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 HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Soderberg has registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward is ranked 1st the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18). Linköping HC and Soderberg were eliminated from the Swedish Elite League Playoffs on Friday, April 5 with the final series score of 4-1.
In 2011-12, Soderberg was second on Linköping HC in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).
In two seasons with Linkoping HC, Soderberg has skated in 96 games, notching 45 goals, 50 assists for 95 points with a +24 rating. Prior to joining Linköping HC, the 27-year-old forward skated in 219 games with the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden 1st Division) from 2005-2010 tallying 80-159=239 totals with a combined +69 rating.
The 6’3’’ 218-pound native of Malmo, Sweden was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from the Blues on July 23, 2007 in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
Sounds like the Swedish League was saying Soderberg was still under contract until May 15th and the NHL argued against that notion since Linkoping released Soderberg from his contract. The IIHL sided with the NHL, and thus Soderberg was freed.
Here's what to expect:
Soderberg scouting report: Big body, can skate pretty well- uses size& hard/accurate shot to generate quality scoring chances. Solid 2-way F— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) April 13, 2013
Soderberg is not a physical/intimidating presence, and he may take time to adjust. But for a pure shooter like him smaller ice is better ice— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) April 13, 2013