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    Carl Soderberg listed as a top potential free agent

    Tim Rosenthal May 6, 2015

    The NHL’s annual free agency frenzy is less than two months away, but that doesn’t stop the media and hockey pundits alike to speculate on potential names hitting the market.

    One of those names that is all but certain to open negotiations with other teams on July 1 is Carl Soderberg, and the Swede’s stock might earn him a big payday.

    On Wednesday, the legendary Kevin Allen from USA Today posted the top 10 potential free agent targets for the off-season and Soderberg checks in at No. 3.

    Here is Allen’s assessment of Soderberg:

    “He’s 6-3 and has averaged 46 points a season over the past two seasons. He would be a good fit for the Arizona Coyotes or even the Chicago Blackhawks if they can find the cap space. He should have plenty of options.”

    Granted, Soderberg was a solid contributor on the bottom six during his tenure in Boston. Although he had his shares of ups and downs, he did more good than harm during the last two seasons.

    Still, to see Soderberg third on this list of potential free agents is a sign that the class of 2015 isn’t exactly one to write home about.

    Mike Green tops Allen’s list of 2015 free agents. The veteran Capitals defenseman is more known for his puck-moving ability, tallying 360 points (113 goals, 247 assists) during 10 seasons in Washington, and his play in his own end has improved this season under coach Barry Trotz. He’ll likely get the most money on the open market, especially with names like Drew Stafford, Eric Fehr and Mike Ribiero also on the free agent radar.

    The Bruins have a little over $56 million committed to 13 players, which includes Marc Savard’s salary. The salary cap is expected to be around $71-$73 million. That would leave seven spots to fill with roughly $15-$17 million in space. That money will need to be spent wisely by the new General Manager, which is almost certain to go to Don Sweeney, barring any last minute developments.

    Given the class of free agents, the next B’s GM might want to look elsewhere — via the draft and the trading block — to improve the team before the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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