Carl Soderberg won’t be testing the unrestricted free agent market after all. Less than 24 hours after Colorado acquired the negotiating rights to Soderberg from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2016 sixth round pick, the Avalanche have locked him up to a five-year, $23.75 million contract, per ESPN’s Craig Custance.
The deal includes a full no-trade clause for the next two seasons and a limited one for the remainder of the deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Soderberg made the leap to North America after years of being one of Sweden’s top players and as a result the 29-year-old (30 in October) is only entering his third full NHL season. He had 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games while averaging 16:48 minutes per game in 2014-15. He also won just 48.2% of his faceoffs.
This signing will add fuel to the speculation that Ryan O’Reilly will ultimately be traded by Colorado. That’s especially true after a recent report suggested that Colorado felt like it had “no choice” but to move O’Reilly as he’s looking for a contract in the $60 million range.
The Avalanche don’t necessarily have to deal O’Reilly immediately though as he’s still signed for one more year with a $6 million cap hit and even after inking Soderberg, the Avalanche’s cap situation is healthy.