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Report: Bruins ink Swedish star Soderberg to multi-year contract

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The Boston Bruins have reportedly agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with Swedish hockey star Carl Soderberg, according to a source close to the situation.

The Bruins acquired the rights to Soderberg in 2007 when they traded Hannu Toivonen to the St. Louis Blues. However, Soderberg has since remained in Sweden, where he finished second in the Swedish Elite League in scoring with 60 points in 54 games this season. The 27-year-old forward was a second-round pick in 2004 and stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds.

Bruins president Cam Neely said Tuesday that the deal is pending approval by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. If approved, Soderberg would have a chance to play for the Bruins during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"I think we'd like to try him on the wing first and see if he's comfortable there," Neely told Boston sports radio station 98.5 on Tuesday. "Obviously, playing center at this level is not as easy as it may appear, with coverage down low and both corners. Understanding that part of the game takes some time. Who knows how quick a study he'll be?"
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