BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired center Carl Soderberg from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
Soderberg, a native of Malmo, Sweden, has spent the last two seasons with Malmo IF of the Swedish Elite League. In 31 games with Malmo last season, Soderberg tallied 12 goals and 18 assists. In the 2005-2006 season, the 21-year old ranked second on Malmo in points with 39, and ranked third on the team in both goals and assists, with 15 and 24 respectively.
Prior to joining Malmo’s top club, the 6’3”, 200-pound Soderberg played for Malmo’s junior teams.
Soderberg has also played for Sweden at the 2005 World Junior Championships, where he ranked second on the team with four goals and six points, and at the 2003 World Under-18 Championship where he recorded a pair of goals.
Toivonen, who spent four years with the Bruins organization, appeared in 18 games for Boston last season, posting a record of 3-9-1 and a goals-against average of 4.23. His last outing of the season with Boston came in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss in Buffalo to the Sabres on April 5, 2007.
In Providence last season, Toivonen appeared in 27 regular season games, posting a record of 13-13-1 and a goals-against average of 2.37.
Toivonen, a 23-year old old from Kalvola, Finland, has played in 38 games in his NHL career, posting a record of 12-14-5, a goals-against average of 3.33 and a .896 save percentage.