The Bruins have since tried to persuade the 6-foot-3, 215 pound forward to come to Boston, but every attempt has resulted in the same outcome: Soderberg remaining in Sweden. Many believed Soderberg would never play in the NHL, and he eventually earned the nickname "The Yeti."
Soderberg's Swedish Elite League team, Linkoping, recently released him, and he and the Bruins have finally agreed to a multi-year contract.
He will earn $600,000 this season, including a $500,000 signing bonus, and $1 million per season in each of the next two seasons.
Soderberg will add size and scoring to Boston's roster and is eligible to play upon his arrival. In his best season yet, Soderberg led Linkoping, who was eliminated from the playoffs last week, with 31 goals and 60 points in 54 games. Although he played center for the Swedish team, the Bruins will likely start by trying him at left wing.
"I think we'd like to try him on the wing first and see if he's comfortable there," Bruins president Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday afternoon. "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."
Hopefully, the Bruins will be able to bring the 27-year-old to Boston relatively soon, allowing him to play in some regular season games and prove to Bruins fans that he is not in fact a myth.