SUNRISE, Fla. – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season.
Soderberg, 29, was acquired from the Boston Bruins on Thursday (June 25) in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft (previously acquired from Boston).
“We are pleased to have Carl signed to a long-term deal,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is a solid two-way forward who is big and strong on the puck. He is versatile, can play center or wing, and his addition will also benefit our power play.”
Soderberg appeared in all 82 games for the Bruins this past season, tallying 44 points (13g/31a) with a +10 plus/minus rating. He finished tied for third on the Bruins in points, while also ranking third in assists. The Malmo, Sweden, native scored five power-play goals, tied for second on the club.
Originally selected by St. Louis in the second round (49th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft, Soderberg spent his entire career in Sweden before joining the Bruins at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. During his first full NHL season in 2013-14, Soderberg recorded 48 points (16g/32a) in 73 games. He was acquired by Boston from St. Louis in exchange for Hannu Toivonen on July 23, 2007.
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound forward has appeared in 161 career NHL games, totaling 94 points (29g/65a). He has also added six points (1g/5a) in 14 playoff contests.