Report: Soderberg seeking $5M annually on new deal

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Sounds like Carl Soderberg is looking to cash in.

Per ESPN, Soderberg’s gunning for a deal that pays $5 million annually when he hits free agency on July 1 — and should he get it, he’d score a pretty sweet raise from his soon-to-be-expired deal (that paid just a shade over $1M per season.)

Soderberg, who turns 30 in October, scored 48 and 44 points in his first two full seasons with the Bruins after spending the early parts of his professional career in the Swedish Hockey League. He emerged as a dependable forward for Claude Julien last year, averaging nearly 17 minutes per night, and proved a fairly solid contributor during Boston’s ’14 playoff run, scoring six points in 12 games.

Last week, B’s GM Don Sweeney admitted re-signing Soderberg was “highly unlikely.” Boston is facing a cap crunch and can ill-afford to get into a bidding war for Soderberg’s services, especially since the club feels it has a cheaper replacement in house in Joonas Kemppainen, a “player of a similar nature” signed out of the Finnish League earlier this offseason.

ESPN reports that seven-to-eight teams are currently interested in Soderberg. He’s also reportedly been tied to Swiss League club HC Lugano, though his agent denied a move back to Europe in mid-April.