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UFA Forward Carl Soderberg Leaving the NHL?

Could NHL UFA Carl Soderberg be headed overseas this seasonafter not landing a contract with an NHL team?

One veteran forward who NHL insiders are a bit surprised hasn’t landed an NHL deal yet this offseason is Carl Soderberg. A smart two-way player, he’s good on the penalty kill, excellent on faceoffs and has been a fairly steady point producer during his eight-year NHL career. At the same time, he’s been paid a decent chunk of change over the past few seasons and it sounds like his ask is beyond the means of a number of NHL teams that are finding their cap situation tighter than in typical years.

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As such, a report out of the Swiss Hockey News cites sources suggesting Soderberg is looking for a well-paid deal in Switzerland. Considering there is uncertainty surrounding that league and whether or not they’ll continue their season, the site suggests his search could come up empty. That said, there’s another potential overseas option that Soderberg may look at.

SHL’s Malmo in Sweden is reportedly interested in Soderberg’s services and there might be mutual interest from the player. Soderberg spent his first eight pro seasons with this team and the connection makes sense if it continues to look like he won’t be landing a decent paying spot on an NHL roster.

Still Surprising Soderberg Didn’t Land Somewhere

Soderberg, 35, was one of the players on the NHL free agency list that many assumed would garner interest. The veteran left-winger scored 17 goals last season with the Arizona Coyotes and has averaged roughly 20 goals a season for the past three seasons. He’d have been a good option for a number of teams.

Carl Soderberg Avs
Carl Soderberg Avs

One has to assume it’s money related that he’s not landed with an organization at this point. GMs are simply unwilling to overpay and bigger-name players are still on the board. Potential landing spots for Soderberg were rumored to be the Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils or Boston Bruins.

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