Carl Soderberg on fourth line: ‘I’m a big guy and can protect the puck’
|06.21.13 at 2:37 pm ET|
Carl Soderberg may or may not make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in one of the biggest games of the season Saturday night.
But one thing is for sure, he feels confident he will be ready if called on by coach Claude Julien.
The 27-year-old Soderberg skated Friday morning in practice with the fourth line of Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley as Julien and the coaching staff wanted to get a feel for what that might look like if the Bruins decide to change out Kaspars Daugavins for the highly touted 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward out of Sweden.
“I was just trying something else here and I’ll make that decision [Saturday] but just getting a different look on what that would look like,” Julien said before hopping on a charter bus outside TD Garden Friday morning and heading off to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night.
“Obviously, I was on that line today but I haven’t talked to coach so I don’t know what will happen [Saturday],” Soderberg said. “I’ve been practicing for a long time now so I feel ready. I’m a big guy and can protect the puck, and maybe can get it deep and go from there maybe.”
Soderberg, who was traded to the Bruins by St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen in July 2007, played in the last six regular season games for the Bruins, notching two assists and no goals. He was signed by the Bruins on April 9 to a three-year, one-way contract after he refused to play for the Swedish national team in the world championships.
“I’ve been here for 11 weeks now,” Soderberg said Friday. “I’m getting to know the system a lot. I haven’t played games in a while but if I’m playing [Saturday], I think it will go well. I know everything.
“It’s amazing to be here. I love being here in Boston. Of course, I want to play but I haven’t done it yet but hopefully [Saturday].”
Soderberg was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2004 draft and has been playing in Sweden for the last 10 years.
“I think I have a lot experience from before,” Soderberg said. “I’ve been playing hockey for 10 years. I know the game. If I play [Saturday], I have to keep it simple. Just get the puck out and get it back in [offensive zone] and then work from there.”
How much have he and Julien spoken in the last week?
“That’s between me and Claude,” Soderberg said.
“I don’t know if I’m playing yet. That would be amazing of course, to play in a Stanley Cup game. That will help me a lot, to be here, and be practicing with the team, get in warmups. You get a little game feeling. You don’t play but still you’re there. I like the atmosphere here. It would be amazing to play but I don’t know.”