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Don Sweeney could trade Carl Söderberg's negotiating rights

Three months too late, the Bruins might get something for the pending UFA

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bruins GM Don Sweeney hasn&#39;t ruled out trading Carl Soderberg&#39;s negotiating rights. At least two teams considering it.</p>&mdash; Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) <a href="">June 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Carl Söderberg, who is highly unlikely to be re signed by the Bruins due to their well documented cap issues, could have his rights traded before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. With a weak free agent class, teams will want to make sure that they get their target, because fallback plans are not pretty.

With that out there, what could the Bruins get back for the Swedish center's rights? I looked back since the 2006 draft at players who had their rights traded for just a single pick. This doesn't include trades like the rights to Benoit Pouliot for Michel Ouellet and a fifth round pick (Which became Seth Griffith). Just one for one deals, a player's rights for a draft pick.

On top of the pick that was traded, I looked at what player was drafted with that pick, and their total NHL games and games per year in the NHL.

Most players picked didn't reach the NHL, with only two of the 18 players playing more than 150 games, with one of them being Jamie Benn.

So what kind of pick would the Bruins get back? The average round that these 18 trades had was in the middle of the fifth round, with the average pick number being in the early fifth round. Due to the scarcity of top 6 forwards hitting free agency, the Bruins could get back a pick as high as the fourth round. However, due to how late in the free agent period it is, with teams being able to talk to players starting tomorrow (but not able to sign them until July 1 unless they trade for their rights), they could only pull a seventh round pick. A free pick is a free pick though, an extra lottery ticket that could be used to find a gem like Jamie Benn, or more Bruins centric, a Matt Hunwick or a Zach Trotman.

VERDICT: If the Bruins trade Söderberg's rights, theyre looking at between a fourth and a seventh round pick in return. Which is better than the nothing they get when he walks in free agency.