The New England Hockey Journal is reporting that the Bruins have reached a three-year deal with Swedish forward Carl Soderberg, the 27-year-old whose rights Boston acquired in a 2007 deal with St. Louis. Word had leaked that he was interested in finally coming to the NHL after the end of his Swedish Elite League season, and that came last week, when his Linkoping HC team lost four straight and was bounced by Skelleftea.
Soderberg finished the season as Linkoping's leading scorer, tallying 31 goals and 29 assists in 54 games -- but that wasn't the only way he used his stick this past season. Fast forward to the 1:10 mark of the video below to see what we mean. (Soderberg is No. 17 in white.)
That cross check came late in the first game of Linkoping HC's playoff series with HV71, earning Soderberg a seven-game suspension, three games of which were served by way of him by paying a fine. His 48 penalty minutes for the entire regular season suggest that hit is out of character, but Bruins fans probably won't mind knowing that the 6-foot-3, 207-pound winger has that sort of mean streak in him somewhere.
Especially when he can use his stick the way his does in the video below, too.
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