The Bruins announced Swedish center Carl Soderberg has been cleared to join the Bruins. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation had originally contested Soderberg’s availability, saying that he was under contract with Linkoping until May 15. The NHL , however, ruled that was not the case. Elliotte Friedman of CBC was first to report the news via Twitter. The team also announced on Twitter  that Soderberg will wear No. 34.
Here is the Bruins’ press release:
Boston Bruins  General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 13, that the club has signed forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The NHL  approved the Standard Player Contract of Soderberg for registration today at 5:00 p.m.
Soderberg’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of one million dollars. Soderberg will join the club Wednesday, April 17, and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL  regular season and Stanley Cup  Playoffs.
Chiarelli issued the following statement in regards to Soderberg:
‘We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins . Carl is a big strong two way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.’
In 54 games with Linkoping HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Soderberg has registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward is ranked 1st the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18). LinkÃ¶ping HC and Soderberg were eliminated from the Swedish Elite League Playoffs on Friday, April 5 with the final series score of 4-1.
In 2011-12, Soderberg was second on LinkÃ¶ping HC in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).
In two seasons with Linkoping HC, Soderberg has skated in 96 games, notching 45 goals, 50 assists for 95 points with a +24 rating. Prior to joining LinkÃ¶ping HC, the 27-year-old forward skated in 219 games with the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden 1st Division) from 2005-2010 tallying 80-159=239 totals with a combined +69 rating.
The 6’3’’ 218-pound native of Malmo, Sweden was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) the 2004 NHL  Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from the Blues on July 23, 2007 in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
For more on Soderberg, click here to read D.J. Bean’s column  on the center.