Friedman: Bruins unlikely to re-sign Soderberg

George Stroumboulopoulos and Elliotte Friedman discuss all the top headlines from around the NHL including the report that teams are enquiring about the availability of Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel.

Carl Soderberg may have seen his last game as a Bruin.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Swedish centre and pending UFA was informed by the team that it’s “very unlikely” they’ll re-sign him.

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“They have to deal with [pending restricted free agent] Dougie Hamilton,” Friedman said during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment on Saturday, also citing the team’s cap issues. “Now teams are going to start to look at [Soderberg] as a potential free agent solution.”

Friedman noted that Soderberg will be in demand since more than a few teams are looking to add to their depth down the middle. Soderberg averaged 16:48 of ice with the Bruins this season, which fifth among forwards and about two minutes more than he averaged in 2013-14.

Soderberg spent three seasons with the Bruins, and tallied 44 points (13G, 31A) in 82 games in 2014-15.