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Avalanche NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog: *Carl Soderberg reacquired

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UPDATE: Carl Soderberg is back with the Avalanche.

The Avs just announced they have reacquired the veteran center from Chicago for prospects Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson.

Soderberg, 35, has appeared in 34 games for the Blackhawks this season, tallying 15 points (7g/8a). He’s tied for sixth on the team in points and his 1:30 of average shorthanded ice time per game ranks fourth among Blackhawks forwards. Soderberg ranks third on the team in faceoffs won (194) and faceoff win percentage (51.5%).

My take: I guess the Avs maybe don’t have quite enough confidence in Tyson Jost as a 3C for the playoffs. I’m a little puzzled by the move, quite honestly, because it feels like Jost was starting to finally carve out a good role with the team, a 3C on a team with the most points in the league. Now, you drop a 35-year-old into his role for the playoffs and put Jost back on a wing, where he has never really excelled? Maybe if Carl is a fourth-line winger? Uh, maybe. No way would I use Carl over P.E. Bellemare, who I think is the perfect fourth-line center.

There is this though: Jost has three goals and 10 points in 39 games. He still doesn’t give a lot when it comes to point production. The Avs may just feel that “Hey, we just need more points out of our third line center.” We’ll see what coach/management says about this later.


Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Soderberg has played in 586 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks, totaling 295 points (110g/185a). He has 12 points (2g/10a) in 41 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests and became the second player in Bruins history to make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the Final when he played Game 5 against Chicago in 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound center collected 151 points (57g/94a) during four seasons with the Avalanche from 2015-19, ranking fifth on the team in points, fifth in assists, fourth in goals and first in games played during that time frame. Throughout his seven seasons in the NHL, Soderberg has played all 82 regular-season contests three times and played all 70 games with Arizona last year before the season was suspended due to the pandemic.

A Malmo, Sweden, native, Soderberg spent his entire career in Sweden before joining the Bruins at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. He played for Malmo in Sweden’s Division I and II leagues from 2003-11, recording 298 points (105g/183a) in 332 games before moving to Linkoping for his final two European seasons. Soderberg averaged nearly a point per game in his two years with Linkoping, notching 95 points (45g/50a) in 96 contests. During his final season in 2012-13, he led the Swedish Elite League with 31 goals and finished second in scoring with 60 points (31g/29a) in 54 outings.

Soderberg represented his country at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, recording one point (0g/1a) in 10 games to help Sweden capture the gold medal. He skated in four games at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, notching an assist and also represented Sweden at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing with six points (4g/2a) in six tournament contests.

The Masters

 

Three hours until the NHL trade deadline is over, and so far Monday has been sloooow for trade activity. Things almost always heat up in the last couple of hours, so I expect something soon. The Avalanche has about $4.6 million in cap space – LTIR cap space – right now, even after acquiring Devan Dubnyk and Patrik Nemeth over the weekend.

Will Joe Sakic spend it? I think so, at least some of it. Plenty of speculation is already out there about what the Avs might be doing, or trying to do.

Big game hunting? I’m not sure any of the names “out there and available” would constitute big-game hunting. I think the Avs would like to add a big forward. I believe they would like that forward to either slot into the third line, or just be a good fourth-line grinder. If you’re Jared Bednar right now, you’re probably a bit concerned that Logan O’Connor is still out a while, Matt Calvert may be still out a while and Liam O’Brien is your current fourth-line winger.

Maybe, if a third-line winger/center is added, you might drop J.T. Compher down a notch. Or, maybe Compher will be dealt to land some “bigger game.” I think, if I’m Compher, I’m maybe a little more nervous about 1 p.m. than most other Avs players. There are some Twitter rumors about Patrik Laine coming from Columbus. That would be big-game hunting, but the Avs would need to make sure they sign him to a nice extension.

I do believe that the Avs were desirous of getting Columbus’ Nick Foligno, but he went to Toronto.

I’ll update this as time moves along…

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Russell Dornisch

Rumor was Avs were in on Hall, but Hall only waived his NTC for Boston, so it seems Avs are definitely trying with both him and Foligno…

Brandon Eccles

I have heard rumblings that Johnny Ham and Cheese is available in Calgary…. not a Big guy in size but sure a big name!

Jim Strohmeier

Weird that NHL Network is reporting Matt Calvert is in play, while currently on IR. Calvert is UFA after this season, with a $2.850M contract

jimstrohmeier

I sure hope VGK doesn’t pick up Getzlaf .. the Ducks are going golfing here shortly, and it would be nice to know our guys aren’t getting dirty hits in the playoffs from the likes of the Duck’s captain

idavsfan

Soderberg coming back

MICHAEL H HILL

Laine coming to Colorado is nothing but conjecture there Adrian. C’mon dude. At best we grab someone like Bennett from Calgary. No way in hell is CBUS letting Laine going after the mess Jarmo created this past year.

peter martin

Laine just makes so much sense, except BJs need a C and I can’t see Newhook being available. Bowers won’t cut it alone, and so you start adding another prospect and then the Avs won’t have any good, cheap players to fill out the roster when MacK is making $13M

Jared Moss

Let Nemeth walk than pay a 4th to get him back…. trade Carl than waste two prospects to get him back…. both shitty players…. good job joe your the best…. wow

ricoflashback

Wow – criticize Sakic for minor roster moves? Soderberg is not a shitty player. Neither is Nemeth. Those two prospects won’t amount to much. If Sakic lets them go then he doesn’t see much upside to those guys. I’ll trust SuperJoe over your assessment.

JD16

Having a shitty day, bud?

ricoflashback

I think the Avs want more size in the lineup. And, a good faceoff guy who can get dirty goals in front of the net. Why does Jost have to move to the wing? Why not have Soderberg there? The odd guy out is Compher, for sure, IMHO. Jost, while not scoring a lot, has excelled in penalty killing and puck possession. He’s been fast on his skates, in the corners and moving the puck around & creating opportunities for his line.

Johnathan Maske

This move and the Nemeth move are shoring up the PK, plain and simple. Without EJ, Cole, Calvert, and OC, this team is a lot more thin on the PK than one might think at first glimpse. The Avs have been putting a lot of players in these crucial D-zone situations that they’d rather have rested and ready for O-zone possessions. I love both moves (and we paid very little overall IMO), and we will really see the impact come playoff time

JD16

Like the moves. Also if we went and got someone like Laine, that’s just someone else we’d have to protect from Seattle. Let’s see what this team can do with some added depth. If it’s not enough that’s what the offseason is for.

JD16

Also Soda only has 3 less points than Hall.

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