Carl Soderberg signed with the Blackhawks after finding out that Dach and Toews would not be available this season. His role with the team has been to win faceoffs, and he has done just that with a 51.7 faceoff percentage through the first 21 games with the team.
Soderberg is 35 years old and most likely won’t be back with the ‘Hawks next season. So letting him go in order to bring in some picks or younger players would not hurt the team. Soderberg on his own might not be worth too much to other teams. But pairing him with some other players on this list or with some cap space other teams are looking for could work as well.
Should the Blackhawks want to make a push for the playoffs, trading Soderberg might not be the best option as he is a depth forward the team needs. However, looking at the bigger picture, dealing Soderberg would be the right move.
The ‘Hawks success this season is nice, but the bigger picture success is more important. Adding a draft pick or two by trading Carl Soderberg would not only add some prospects to the organization but allow for a player like Lucas Wallmark to show what he is made of as the team’s third-line center.