New prospects eyed. Free agents signed. Players contracted; transfer-listed. Coaches fired and hired. These are just the usual scenarios in the National Hockey League and Boston Bruins are no exception to this.
After missing the playoffs last season and the firing of Bruins then-manager Peter Chiarelli, the B’s have made it clear that one member of their 2014-2015 squad won’t be returning. Who’s that unlucky player to wear a new sweater next season? Of course, fans have assumed it before. He’s no other than Carl Soderberg.
GM Don Sweeney has finally confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the Bruins are unlikely to re-sign free agent forward Carl Soderberg.
“Obviously we’re trying to plan for every circumstance that may exist and Carl was a very important part of our team this year,” Sweeney said. “In a perfect world, we would be able to retain Carl. It’s highly unlikely at this point in time that that will be happening, relative to our overall situation,” Sweeney said.
The 29-year-old winger made his debut with the Bruins in the 2012-13 season. He broke out the following year with a 48 point performance and was an effective, cap-friendly third line center for the B’s this past season.
However, Carl is likely expected to make big bucks on the market due to his impressive track record and the lack of free-agent forwards out there for teams to pick through. As a good scoring forward, Soderberg will be a sought-after free agent and yes, he’ll soon earn bigger bucks than he’s likely to get from the Bruins.
With the team’s cap size problem, Sweeney’s confirmation on the status of the Swedish pro is not shocking anymore. In fact, the new Bruins boss also divulged his plan of not re-signing Gregory Campbell or Daniel Paille. Same fate with that of Soderberg. Well, it’s just pure business! Frankly speaking, Don’s squad just don’t have enough cap space to be dishing out big contracts to 13 goal guys like Soderberg, Campbell and Paille.
If the Bruins don’t want him in their squad for some problems, Soderberg can easily find another team and wear his new sweater in the league’s next season. With his good profile, I bet there are many squads who’d like to have him in July.
As for Sweeney’s team, they just need to utilize their strong men like Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly, Joonas Kemppainen and Ryan Spooner. Who knows? Maybe the upcoming season is the Bruins’ greatest season yet!