The Avalanche re-acquired veteran center Carl Soderberg on Monday, sending prospects Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 35-year-old Swede.
Soderberg, who played for the Avs for four seasons from 2015-19, has 15 points (seven goals) in 34 games for the Blackhawks. He is a pending unrestricted free agent making $1 million.
Colorado has now re-acquired two former Swedish players. The club traded for defenseman Patrik Nemeth on Friday, sending a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings. Nemeth played for the Avs and Soderberg for two seasons from 2017-19.
Soderberg is a strong defensive player and faceoff man (51.5% this season) who likely will step in and center the Avs’ third line. That position was held by J.T. Compher to begin the season and Tyson Jost lately.
Colorado traded Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes on June 25, 2019, for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round draft pick. The Avs used that third-round pick as a package deal to acquire winger Andre Burakovsky from the Washington Capitals on June 28, 2019.
Soderberg played one season for the Coyotes before signing a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as an unrestricted free agent.
Rolston, 19, is coming off his freshman season at Notre Dame, where he had six points (one goal) in 28 games. He was selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (139 overall) in the 2020 draft.
Dickinson, 23, was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Avalanche out of Clarkson University in 2017. He has played between the AHL’s Colorado Eagles and ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies since and has yet to play in the NHL.
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