The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson.
Soderberg has 15 points in 34 games this season for the Blackhawks. He spent four seasons with the Avalanche starting with the 2015-2016 season.
In 586 career regular season games for the Boston Bruins, Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes, and Blackhawks, the 35-year-old has 110 goals and 185 assists for a total of 295 points.
Soderberg had a unique path to the NHL. He was initially drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but left training camp in 2006 to return home to Sweden.
Soderberg spent the next 10 years in his native land and left in 2012-2013 to join the Bruins. Boston acquired his rights in a trade with the Blues in June of 2007, but Swedish officials stood in the way. Reports suggested the pressure was on for the forward to skate with the national team in the IIHF World Championship.
The leading scorer in the Swedish Elite League, Soderberg eventually joined the Bruins in April of 2013 and made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Soderberg played his best hockey with Colorado, posting 51 points in the 2015-2016 season and 49 points in the 2018-2019 season.
Rolston was drafted by the Avalanche in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The son of former NHLer Brian Rolston, Ryder is a skilled skater with top-end speed. He has a quality shot and scouting reports say he likes to use it often, plus he plays a good forecheck game.
Dickinson was signed as a free agent in April of 2018 and has yet to see NHL action. The Halton Hills native had 30 points in 29 games for the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies last season and spent time with the Colorado Eagles in the American Hockey League as well.