Monday, July 23, 2007

Hannu Traded

Well thanks to the very helpful anonymous, I was informed of this breaking news (I was too busy chatting to notice). Mr. Hannu Toivonen was traded late this afternoon for Swedish forward Carl Soderberg. I found this old futures article on him.

Söderberg started playing in the junior league with Malmö where he evidently was
on a different level than the rest of the opposing forwards. Halfway through the
season he was called up to Malmö’s SEL team where he also stayed for the
remainder of the season. An exceptionally skilled offensive player with a nose
for the net and good playmaking ability, Söderberg is an explosive player,
though not overly physical, who is very creative in the offensive zone while at
the same time not frightened of back checking.

He had a good season last year after he opted out of playing for the AHL Peoria Rivermen and instead for the top Swedish league. He was only two points behind the teams top scorer, and that was after playing 22 less games! The draw back, he played 22 fewer games due to a serious eye injury sustained mid way through the season.

Originally he was projected to be out until at least Christmas but there are some reports that say he may begin contact drills in September or October. Now I assume the Bruins either have done a physical on him or they have a condition on the trade which says they can void if he fails a latter one. Let's hope. Supposedly a Swedish newspaper reported that doctors cleared him to play this season. I can't read Swedish and therefore will not be researching anymore.

I am thinking due to the injury he will not make the NHL this season, and he may not report to Providence if assigned there. Either way from what I read on the Blues forums the Bruins have made a pretty good trade if he fully recovers. So no more goalie controversy in Boston! Tim Thomas will be the starter and Fernandez the back-up. ;)

In other news,
The Bruins re-signed Jeff Hoggan late last week to a one-year, two-way
contract that will pay the winger an NHL salary of $495,000 in 2007-08.

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