Boston Bruins General Manger Peter Chiarelli announced yesterday, prior to the Bruins match-up with Carolina, that the club had signed forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract (annual cap hit of one million).

Soderberg’s contract was official at 5:00 p.m., and he is joining the team on Wednesday (April 17). The forward is eligible to play the rest of the regular season and playoffs (though he does not need to play a regular season game to be eligible for the playoffs).

“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season,” the B’s GM said in a statement issued with the team’s press release.

“Carl is a strong two-way center, who can also play the wing. We look forward to him joining our team next week.”

If you ask the B’s GM, he might tell you he had always hoped this would happen, but might have been unsure, as the forward has been over playing in Sweden ever since Boston acquired him from the St. Louis Blues on July 23, 2007, in exchange forĀ Hannu Toivonen.

And before being en route to Boston from overseas, the Swedish Elite League’s leading scorer had spent 11 seasons working his way through the ranks of his hometown teams in Malmo, Sweden.

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