The Boston Bruins have traded the rights to center Carl Soderberg to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2016. 

Avalanche acquire Carl Soderberg.

Avalanche acquire Carl Soderberg.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Soderberg, 29, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The cap-strapped Bruins aren’t able to re-sign him and obviously wanted to get something back, rather than lose him for nothing to free agency.

 It’s rumored Soderberg’s seeking $5 million per season. The two-time 40-point scorer will likely have to accept less than that with the Avalanche or whichever team he signs with in the coming days.

What’s interesting about this move is the Avalanche’s biggest need isn’t at center but on defense. This move will surely stoke the trade speculation swirling about Avs center Ryan O’Reilly.

Perhaps Soderberg is to be O’Reilly’s replacement if the Avs trade him for a defenseman? Stay tuned, things are bound to get interesting!