NHL Free Agency: Could The Blackhawks Call Carl Soderberg?

On Friday morning, Boston GM Don Sweeney told the media that it’s “highly unlikely” veteran center Carl Soderberg is back with the Bruins next season.

Soderberg, who will turn 30 on Oct. 12, is coming off a contract that paid him only $1M per in Boston, but played well for the Bruins over the last two seasons. In 2014-15, Soderberg scored 13 goals with 31 assists and won 48.4 percent of 766 faceoffs, the second-highest number of draws on the Bruins. Listed at 6-3 and 216 pounds, he was credited with 76 hits and 36 blocked shots while averaging 16:48 per game.

He was also a key contributor on Boston’s special teams. Soderberg average 3:28 per game short-handed and another 2:00 per game on the power play in all 82 regular season games. His 5-on-5 SAT was 58.

Could Soderberg be on the Blackhawks’ radar?

The obvious consideration is the Hawks love for Swedes. But looking at dealing with restricited free agents Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger, and considering the Hawks’ cap situation, being able to get Soderberg for a modest cap number might be intriguing as Chicago GM Stan Bowman looks to bolster the center position.

Bowman told the Chicago media that the team would love to have either Brad Richards and/or Antoine Vermette back next season, but winning the Cup will undoubtedly raise their profiles in a thin free agent class.

Of course, a weak free agent class also enhances the value of Soderberg, who registered 92 points in 155 games with Boston over the last two years.

50 thoughts on “NHL Free Agency: Could The Blackhawks Call Carl Soderberg?

  • June 19, 2015 at 11:06 am

    didn’t realize he was that cheap…

    slow skater
    Good size/strength
    Good IQ… makes up a little for lack of speed
    BUT-slow skater

    At that low salary… guessing B’s are trying to get faster to keep up w/ NY,NYI,TB
    is reason to let him go

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    people are gonna give the hawks discounts. People want to be here. They are only going to get better.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I’d be hip to Richards again for cheap. Obviously vermette if there is room.

    Gonna be a weird few weeks leading into the draft. Though it sounds like via not credible internet sources Sharp news will be what drops first.

    Any word on bickell and his brain pain? In addition to his knees that could be a potential career killer.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    At 1 million hell yeah. Chances are he’s looking for a raise. Hence why Boston is cutting him loose. He probably wants something in the 3’s.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Ernie- I really think B’s see the league getting faster… and CS is slow… nice size/IQ

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I agree with wall. Very slow is no bueno

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    AJ- watching some of the stuff last few days…

    You can see it and hear it in Sharp’s face/voice… like a lot of guys 91,80… 10 really stepped up in the D zone for Hawks… several times came back and tied up players…

    Kudos to 91– I ragged on him several times this year… but he really put his nose into things/boards (like 16 does EVERY shift)…

    I think that is why Q called it the “Team Cup”

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Wall asked this question at the top of the previous thread, but I saw no answer.

    Basically, how does the Buyout process work and what is the effect on the Cap.? Suppose the Hawks are forced to move Sharp and Bickell and find no trade partners. Could they work out buyout agreements, how much do you think these would take, and do these affect the cap?


  • June 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Yeah now fans see what “CHEAP” is and how over paid some hawks could be?
    He would be a great addition but by what subtraction.

    Boston got burned with big, slow and physical and they do want to go quick but that is obvious in the NHL for the next 10 years. Big slow and physical is old school and no advantage in a 7 game series.

    I love Peter Chiarelli he was a very good GM and really started to build a faster team, when he was hired, his quote I remember when he was hired was this ” I ONLY DRAFT GUYS WHO HOLD THE PUCK FOR 3 SECONDS IF THET DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT AFTER 3 SECONDS THEY ARE TOO SLOW, LACK VISIONS I WANT GUYS WHO MOV THE PUCK FAST AND THEY ATTACK THE NET OR PASS OR SKATE EVEN FASTER”

    Chiarelli was already years ago trying to insert SPEED,it’s the future but building to that is HARD that is why I personally am impressed with Tampa.

    Hawks can get creative now that they have 3 cups and have become a destination for players, they will play for less just how much less. Saad will lose a few million as he will stay with the hawks for comfort and another cup.

    We need a great defensemen . . .first and foremost

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Drop The Puck – Good question. Maybe you’re referring to what was done with the contracts of Steve Montador and Rotislav Olesz. I can’t remember thte specifics but I think their contracts did not apply to the salary cap.

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Well now I know why Chiarelli was fired, he was always yelling run on sentences.

    I’d take Richards back if he wants to play for less than he made this year. Pretty obvious he wants to be back with what he has said, but is he willing to take a bigger discount than he took this year?

  • June 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Why would the Hawks go out and sign Soderberg, who as several pointed out is about as speedy as Zus, for 3 mil instead of retaining Richards for less? I agree MTM, we need a top 4 defenseman to replace 27. The only way I see getting a “great” defenseman is freeing up money by sending Crawford on his way, as Wall has pointed out. The chances of Stan trading 50 look pretty slim. I am not so sure Darling is the answer and would prefer sticking with 50 and finding a solid #4 d man.

  • June 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Sure wish we had money for Ryan O’Reilly.

  • June 19, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    2nd line center is still going to be a concern. Outside of Dannault who is likely a bottom 6 guy the Hawks dont have alot of center depth. I cant see TT as a center at that frame.

    Vermette is really perfect its shame he’s likely move.

    Even if Richie is retained he is not the ideal fit.

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I would have my eye on Dion Phaneuf maybe . . . he is close to what the Hawks need on the back end, pretty dependable and him and Hammer would make up for any lose of Johnny O and make our core four even better. Then maybe grown the kids TVR ( in the weight room as we speak ) could develop faster is his conditioning gets to Duncan Keith levels!

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    The player must be placed on unconditional waivers to be bought out. If another team claims them then we would be off the hook. If a player is older then 26 buyout is two-thirds the remaining value over twice the remaining length.

    Bickell is owed 4.5 the next 2 seasons or 9 mill. Take two-thirds of that over 4 years and it comes out to 1.49999985 cap hit per yr for 4 years if not claimed.

    Sharp is owed 10.5 mill next 2 yrs. His hit would be 1.74999982 per yr for 4 yrs if not claimed.

    I hate doing that because I hope we can keep both of them but those are at least examples.

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I see no chance for Vermette even though he would be MUCH better than this year. He is still pretty young (32??) and has a Cup with 2 GWGs in the finals. I think he goes for the money……I can see him getting 2-4 years at $3-4mm per

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm


    Hope you realize that the Hawks need to shed salary and not take on a huge, bad contract like Dion Phaneuf’s. I don’t see any way in hell this is anything SB would attempt, because it makes NO sense.

    @Ryan… Since Patrick Sharp has some really good trade value, it is highly unlikely he will be waived… I believe SB is testing the waters, asking for a lot in return to see if he gets any serious offers. Unfortunately, Patrick Sharp needs to be traded to free up cap space.

    Hopefully SB can find a taker for Bickell, if not he may be waived…

    Also, if the cap is under 70 mil… SB may be forced to trade Crawford too…

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Being around Toronto-the hockey people would groan, probably choke, if Dion P came to Chicago-no way, even if they had 7 million per year cap room-
    could you imagine Keith making way less than Phaneuf

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I believe everyone gets surprised with CC going to EDM for their 16th pick and a player+. I also believe we move Sharp and Bickell and have room to keep Vermette and Richards and bring in a dman.

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Booman- I think it’s been written that CC is not a trade Option… from SB’s mouth…
    If he said it… I don’t think CC gets moved… But – you know- I would be OK with your deals

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Wall, I hear you. I also have seen it written that he is getting calls on CC and is listening. I think he gets wow’d with an offer he can”t refuse. I really think he wants an earlier 1st rounder. These three moves give him much more flexibility to fortify the d and forward lines like you have spoken of often and have lower cost goaltenders.

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    After SCF game 3, many proclaimed that we would lose unless CC stepped up and put in an incredible effort. Well, CC did and we won. Bottom line : no Stanley Cup with a lesser goalie than CC. First Pekka Rinne, then Devan Dubnyk, then Frederik Andersen, then Ben Bishop were all left in CC’s dust.

    I still have no idea why we’re even talking about this.

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Like your scenario, Booman

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    CC going nowhere. No CC No cup. Can’t win Cup without exceptional goaltending.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    If we should have learned anything over the last few years about Hawk trades for Cap reasons – it’s they never get anywhere close to what all us internet experts think they will get.

    The good news is that the draft is a week from now so we shouldn’t have to wait too long for trades to commence.

    I’ll resigned to admit that I’m weak willed ,,, at least when it comes to my passion for hockey and my Hawks. I had boldly proclaimed only a few days ago that I wasn’t going to get caught up in what’s to come, but rather I was going to bask in the glory of the Cup win and enjoy it. But, alas, here I am, having effectively moved on from the 2014/15 season and focusing on the offseason moves heading into the 2015/16 season. Things just move too fast. I should have been stronger to resist the call of the future and lingered in the (recent) past a little bit longer. Oh well … I still have the memories.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    We are talking about salary cap issues and moves necessary to be compliant. I agree. If it wasn’t for CC, we would not have won it 2013 or 2015, but that is history. We wouldn’t have won the cup in 2010 without Buff and Ladd, but we had to do what we had to do because of the cap.

    Bowman has to weigh all options. What gets him salary relief, Corey at 6 mil, sharp at 5.9 mil, and Bicks at 4.25 mil. Those guys are the top three options to move. I do not see moving Seabs at 5.75 mil as an option. He is too valuable and we have to prepare to resign him and Shaw next season.

    I am hoping Bowman comes up with some surprises to get us to the cap. However, shedding players with higher salaries is your only option.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Dropthepuck- we are talking about it- cuz Hawks gotta DROPTHECAP $$$

    And might be in a world of hurt- skating 3-4 Rookies on D next year…

    I have been on another Blog- where Oilers offer Drasaitl and 1st rd. pick for CC and Hawk Prospect… If this where a true Deal… how could SB turn it down… Drasaitl would be a solid Center on the Cheap for years… + 1st round pick #16…

    This would save Hawks $5M – to spend on a legit top D guy/or re-sign 27…
    Assuming Sharp and 29 are gone too…

    Let’s not forget- Darling- played and actually had better #’s in the PO’s and regular season!!! better Save%, better gaa, better winning%,,, I know- everyone attack me- Crow won the Cup… yada yada

  • June 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Would Darling have those same numbers as a starter throughout an entire season and 4 playoff rounds?

  • June 20, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Exchanged tweets with a guy from The Hockey News today who told me he was stunned by the Hawks asking for Patrick Sharp. If true that bodes really well for recouping draft picks.

    I messaged him back. He said he thinks the right price would be a 1st round pick or 2 second rounders.

  • June 20, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Sorry skipped a phrase.

    He was stunned by the Hawks “asking price” for Sharp.

  • June 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

    CN- He was “stunned” because he thought the ask for Sharp (a 1st or 2x 2nds), was too high or low?

  • June 20, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Wall- You are right, no way SB could/should pass up that deal with the Oil if true.. Believe it when I see it…

    Mud- We don’t know if the Hawks would have won the Cup with SD in net, which is not a knock on CC who was huge in games 5 and 6 to clinch. We don’t know iof Darling can hang those numbers for a full season and post. BUT- there are also great examples goalies in the league considered better than CC who do NOT have a Cup compared to Crawford’s 2x (such as Henry and Price.) Why? It’s not that they’re not Cup caliber goalies- it’s that their TEAMS do not have what it takes to win. Personally (and I think the data supports this approach), I’d rather have a great TEAM and a good goalie (i.e. Niemi in ’10), than a great goalie and a lesser team.

  • June 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I hate salary cap and money talk. I played hockey, i am a fan and even still a student of the game. I know the ice but who signs where and who get cut or who should be resigned is always silly to me. But good conversation? Even guessing what “kids” playing junior hockey or AHL is really really a stretch to me, but fun?

    i bring up Dion Phaneuf because to me that is the TYPE of player we need to add . . period. The type the skill the experience on the Back end. Filling a 3 or 4 line winger or 3 line defensemen is easy in the NHL. It is those guys like SHARP who make it hard to replace man for man, But our Defense is slow, Keith and maybe Johnny O are the only guys who come out with speed of any kind. Hence my love of Leddy! ho hum!

    I see

    Bick and Sharp are gone.
    Dezi gone.
    Johnny Oh sadly gone.
    Vermette should be a serious consideration to KEEP. Can easily replace Sharps Goals and at the DOT he’s a master. But will be hard to keep.
    Richards wife will tell him to retire and i think he will the Hawks grind is not something he will look forward to.

    good luck and have fun with the GM game . . . I’ll wait.

    AL i know is TVR bette bulk up or he’s hurt in the first week like he was down in “little man hockey” not a good sign . . . a injury prone d-man?

    This Reily Rookie kid is an asshole and Hawks wont go near the young brat!

    go hawks 2016

  • June 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

    MtM- why is Reilly and asshole?

    And it appears Hawks ARE interested!!!

  • June 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Negzz – Yes, we don’t know but we know what we got with Crawford. As you said about other top goalies not having won a cup, it’s their teams don’t have what it takes to win a cup. The Hawks have it better than any team in the NHL and Crawford is that type of player. Like these Bowman and others are saying, he’s a winner. Crawford is proven and going with Darling is a huge roll of the dice. If we knew the Hawks will not be a playoff contender next season, then I understand a trade,,,, somewhat,,, but right now I can’t see him being moved. We’ll probably find out by Saturday.

  • June 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Negzz – the hockey news writer was stunned by hawks asking price of (apparently) a player, a 1st rounder, a prospect.

    He figures hawks will get either a 1st rounder or 2 second rounders.

  • June 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    JS, Richy at 1-1.5 would be good, because hes already getting a high salary to begin with. He knows the situation were in cap wise and I think he would do that.

  • June 20, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Booman, Seabs is defiantly staying. I think Sharpys 5.9 Bicks 4.0 and maybe Steegers 2.2 will be enough to keep 91, 80 and 27 (at 1-1.5/4or5/4).

  • June 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Looks like cap coming in at 71M

  • June 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Guys, have you looked carefully at the picture of this guy? Boston is clearly letting him go because his legs bend the wrong way. He’s got chicken legs. CHICKEN LEGS! Maybe he’d be worth a one-year gamble at $750K, but clearly he’s not getting much accuracy on his slappers, because his knee are on the back sides of his legs. Like a chicken.

  • June 20, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Mining, I think last official report was 71.5 and we will have 22 (or 21) on the 23man so we can bank space.

  • June 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Mo, I hope you are right and 10, 29, 23 do the trick. That gives CC one more year. Unless something drastically happens with 7, 50’s salary has to be sacrificed next year to sign 7 and 65.

    Nice thing about 2016-2017, to my understanding, is that Hossa’s salary goes down big-time. I know that many have talked about him slowing down, but I see him being a valuable player with a diminishing role as the remaining years of his contract expire.

  • June 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Booman, even when Seabs gets raise I cannot see it more then 8, 7 seems to sound nice. Shawzer too will but not that much more from where they are both at right now. That’s the beauty of Bowman, just about all of our core players are already at the highest cap hit they will be at and the ones that need another raise, its not much difference from where they are at now. (not counting 19/88/20 and the younger guys)

    Cap goes up every yr and we will use most of that to cover 7/65/20again/86/4/16again raises.

  • June 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Booman – Hossa’s salary does go down after each year. I think it ends at $1 million his last year. However, I believe the cap hit is the average of his 12 or 13 year contract. Next year Toews and Kane will make $13.5 mil the first year and end at $6.5 or so. Cap hit is $10.5. I think that’s how it works.

  • June 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    The way the cap works in the NHL is the average value of the deal = the cap hit. There were a few players who had deals the league considered to be circumventing the cap by backloading w/ empty years (see Hossa, Luongo) so there’s a poison pill in the new CBA that could be a back breaker if the player retires before his deal expires. Of course, if the player is Chris Pronger, however, he can get a job w/ the league office & be on the HOF ballot while still being on IR and that ISN’T circumvention of the cap…

  • June 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Caramel Salty East Coast Bias. Nothing against anybody. It doesn’t even out, you have to make it to.

  • June 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Late to the party here, but soderberg would be a nice grab. Obvious swede connection here, but could be worth something. for anything under 1.5, he’s probably as solid of a FA as you can grab for that price. He’s not Vermette level, but if Richards is ok holding down the 2C spot, Soderberg and Kruger could be the 3/4.

    I’m still looking out for a Russian language buddy for Panarin. just a thought there though.

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