The Bruins appear to be dead serious about getting Carl Soderberg over here and soon, as they've apparently signed him to a three-year deal today. The mythical Swedish unicorn's SEL playoff dreams ended a few days ago, and if all goes well, he could be over here within the next week and a half or so.
The only road block appears to be his transfer agreement. As reported by Dominic Tiano, there are some IIHF details to work out. Here are the steps Soderberg and the Bruins need to take:
The player transfer procedure must be prepared first by the negotiation of the two clubs concerned if the player is under contract or the negotiation of the new club and player if the player is not under contract. Items to negotiate include the length of the new contract and the corresponding length of the transfer. Following an agreement to transfer the player, the new club to which a player wishes to transfer must begin the transfer process by acquiring and completing the ITC with the details and signatures of the player and the new member national association and must immediately inform the former club and send the ITC by way of the new member national association to the former member national association for their approval.
So basically: Linkoping HC needs to be cool with Soderberg coming to the Bruins (already happening), the Bruins need to figure out what Soderberg's new contract will be (reportedly done), an international transfer card (ITC) must be detailed and signed by Soderberg and the "new member national association" aka USA Hockey (done). From there, USA Hockey must send the ITC to the Swedish IHF for approval.
From there, it gets a little hairy. Sweden wants Soderberg for the national team, to compete at Worlds in May. They have the right to refuse the transfer agreement, and they have seven days to do so. A few things can happen from here. Either Sweden doesn't respond in seven days, which means Soderberg is free to join the Bruins after that seven day period; Sweden signs off on the agreement before the seven day period is over, in which case Soderberg can come over as soon as that's done; or they can refuse. Sweden would need actual contract-related reasons to refuse the transfer. Allowable reasons are as follows:
1) the player is a signed professional player currently under a professional player contract;
2) the player wishing to transfer has not fulfilled his contractual obligations to his former club (all contractual obligations other than those involving signed professional player contracts);
3) the player has not fulfilled financial commitments to his former club such as debts or has not returned the club's equipment; and
4) a material reason between the two clubs regarding the player transfer exists other than issues concerning compensation (an example of a material reason is the existence of a confirmed suspension or pending disciplinary proceeding by either the IIHF or by the player’s member national association when such suspension is recognized by the IIHF)
As far as we know, the only one that applies to Soderberg is the fact that he's under contract with Linkoping. If the Bruins were to buy out his contract, Sweden wouldn't have a viable reason to refuse the transfer - and suddenly a Swedish unicorn is ours. There's no telling whether or not the Bruins will actually do that, though (thanks, Jacobs!) or whether they'll work out some sort of other compensatory deal, so for now, it's a waiting game for the next seven days.