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The Bruins acquired Carl Soderberg, a former second-round draft pick, from the Blues for goalie Hannu Toivonen in July 2007.
The idea was that the Swede would come to the Bruins that fall, likely to play for Providence of the AHL. That didn’t happen, nor the following year, nor the year after that. General manager Peter Chiarelli considered trading him. But, as he recalled, “I said, ‘Well, let’s just wait a little longer,’ because every time the kid said he wanted to play in the NHL.”
It wasn’t until last spring that the Bruins saw their long-ago investment outside of Sweden. And it wasn’t until this past month that the Bruins finally saw a return on that investment, as Soderberg has become a key player.
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