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Bruins sign Swedish forward Carl Soderberg

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 8:32 PM / News

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins have signed Swedish forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The Bruins said the NHL approved the Standard Player Contract of Soderberg for registration on Saturday.

Soderberg, 27, will carry an average annual value of $1 million. He will join the Bruins on Wednesday and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "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 of the Swedish Elite League this season, Soderberg scored a league-leading 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points, second in the SEL, along with a plus-18 rating. 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 Linkoping in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound native of Malmo, Sweden, was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (No. 49) the 2004 NHL Draft. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from the Blues on July 23, 2007, in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

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