Report: Soderberg Refuses To Play For Sweden After League Blocks Move To NHL, Bruins
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BOSTON (CBS) – If they don’t have enough drama to deal with concerning the players currently on their hockey team, Boston Bruins fans now have a bit of a Swedish soap opera to follow as well.
Though it was reported earlier in the week that the Bruins were close to a deal for Carl Soderberg, news broke on Thursday that the Swedish Federation would not release the forward to the NHL.
But if the Swedish Federation won’t let him play in the NHL, the 27-year-old certainly isn’t going to be playing for them. Check out some of the Tweets coming from the place that brought us Ikea, ABBA and some pretty good meatballs:
After Soderberg was denied his transfer by SIHF Tre Kronor general manager Tommy Boustedt syas that Soderberg refuses to play for Sweden—
Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) April 12, 2013
The Bruins will likely keep trying to get Soderberg; they could use the depth and any kind of spark the flashy forward could bring to their somewhat heavy-legged club. This season, for Linkoping HC in the Swedish Elite League, Soderberg finished second in the league in points, scoring 31 goals and adding 29 assists to go with a plus-18 rating. He also added a goal and an assist in six playoff games.
The story is far from over, and there will probably be a few more developments over the weekend. But it still remains unclear if Soderberg will every make his way to the Boston Bruins, who have owned his rights since 2007.