Despite a report today on a Swedish hockey website, the Bruins aren’t planning to see Carl Soderberg, their top European prospect, here in Boston when training camp opens Sept. 19.
”News to me,” said Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli today, when asked about the report on hockeysverige.se, which quoted Soderberg’s agent, Claes Elefalk, as saying the young pivot still planned to come to Boston. ”I talked to Soderberg [approximately] 10 days ago, and he told me he’s not coming. Just after I talked to him, I talked to Claes, and it seemed we all understood the situation…the kid wants to play another year over there, and we’re fine with that.”
Chiarelli said he spoke today with agent J.P. Barry, Elefalk’s partner in North America, and Barry was unaware of any change in Soderberg’s plans. Barry, according to Chiarelli, said Elefalk was traveling in Spain and could not be reached immediately. Chiarelli said he left a voice mail and email message for Elefalk, but as of late this afternoon afternoon Elefalk had not responded.
”Right now, nothing’s changed, I don’t think he’s coming over,” said Chiarelli. ”Who knows, maybe he’s changed his mind, but we’ve had no indication of it.”
Hockeysverige.se’s story was a direct response to comments Chiarelli made in Sunday’s Globe and also carried on Boston.com.