Signing Carl Soderberg adds to the Chicago Blackhawks depth
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks depth needs all the help they can get especially after all the injuries that have been announced in the past few days.
Adding Carl Soderberg to the Blackhawks lineup will help the team immensely moving forward. Chicago might have a few too many centers in their bottom six, but adding Soderberg to the mix raises the bar to a new level.
Soderberg is coming off a season putting up 35 points in 70 games with the Coyotes. He played an average of 15:54 minutes a night and was a leading faceoff man for the Coyotes. While Soderberg might be leaning towards the back half of his career at the age of 35 he still does have some good left in him.
Soderberg has spent time with Boston, Colorado, and Arizona over the course of his career, and taking a one year contract definitely was thanks to how the market was looking so far for the free agents.
Chicago got Soderberg at a bargain price of just one million for the season. Honestly, this is a move I am okay with considering it gives Soderberg an opportunity to prove he deserved more money when the season began, and it gives Chicago the opportunity to trade him at the deadline. This is a win-win situation that could benefit both parties during the coming months.
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With the injuries to Dach and Nylander Chicago is going to need all the help they can get during the regular season. Considering Dylan Strome still does not have a contract, it does take a little bit of salary away from his contract extension whenever it may occur.
Maybe the two parties are waiting for the regular season to begin to then place some players on injury reserved, but if Chicago does decide to not offer Strome an extension Soderberg can be a reliable number two for a team going through a rebuild.
This contract continues to show Chicago is putting all their chips on improving their defensive play from their forward group. Similar to Lucas Wallmark and Mattias Janmark, Soderberg will be a great piece to the Blackhawks penalty kill and play in their own end.