Boston forward Carl Soderberg, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will be playing in the NHL next year — contrary to rumors of a pending move to Switzerland, per agent Claes Elefalk.
Carl Söderberg is playing in the NHL, nowhere else. @CAAHockey
— Claes Elefalk (@elefalk) April 14, 2015
Soderberg, 29, has spent the last three years in Boston and was a key contributor this season, averaging close to 17 minutes a night while appearing in all 82 games, scoring 13 goals and 44 points.
But, according to Swiss news outlet Tages Anzeiger, National League A side HC Lugano has expressed an interest in getting Soderberg back to Europe, where he’s spent the majority of his professional career (granted, it was all in the Swedish league.)
The thinking is that Lugano would bring in Soderberg to replace the outgoing Brett McLean. McLean, who appeared in nearly 400 NHL contests with the Blackhawks, Avalanche and Panthers, had spent the last four seasons with Lugano and was one of the club’s top offensive producers.
There’s been no word from Boston if it plans to bring Soderberg back next season. Yesterday, GM Peter Chiarelli announced that a pair of veteran UFA forwards — Dan Paille and Gregory Campbell — would not be re-signed.