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Due to the team's cap issues and the likelihood that defenseman Dougie Hamilton will score a big pay day, Soderberg will be used as trade bait for teams looking at free agent solutions. Posting 13 goals and 31 assists for 44 points this past season, Soderberg was a solid third-line center for the Bruins and could potentially help other teams interested in adding depth down the middle.
“They have to deal with [pending restricted free agent] Dougie Hamilton,” Friedman said during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines on Saturday. “Now teams are going to start to look at [Soderberg] as a potential free agent solution.”
Despite only being down three goals from his previous season's tallies, Soderberg's struggles were highlighted in an uncharacteristically bad year for the B's. Adding Ryan Spooner to the roster late in the season made Soderberg expendable. Soderberg went on a stretch of scoring only eight points from New Years to May, while Spooner seized his opportunity with the big club and posted steady numbers: nine points in 10 games since his recall. While Spooner, a restricted free agent, will be less of an expense for the B's, Soderberg will easily demand $3-$4 million on the market - a factor that is incredibly important to the Bruins, with the cap potentially going down next season.