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Could Carl Soderberg Be Interested In Edmonton?

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Did a soon to be free agent actually identify Edmonton as a desireable location?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton is not a desirable destination for free agents. We’ve heard it time and time again. Some blame the weather. Others blame the remote location. I tend to think the problem has been that coming here has, for nearly a decade, meant losing a lot more games than you win. But whatever the reason, free agents just don’t like Edmonton, or at least some don’t. It seems that soon to be unrestricted free agent Carl Soderberg is one who likes Edmonton.

In an interview posted on viasatsport.se (thanks to Thomas Wyreson for the link) Soderberg actually lists Edmonton and Winnipeg ahead of Florida in terms of places he’d like to play.

I'd be good also in Edmonton or Winnipeg. Personally I think it's more a pain in Florida with the heat.

Coming off a season where he scored 13 goals and 44 points, Soderberg is going to significant salary bump from the $1M he made last season when he becomes a free agent in July; a bump that will likely see him making $3.5-$4.0M next season and for several more after that. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid (15 days to go) ahead of him on the depth chart would they want to spend that kind of money on Soderberg? Doing so would certainly mean that Derek Roy wouldn’t be back and Boyd Gordon might be gone as well, but he does have a history with Peter Chiarelli, the team’s new General Manager so you never know.

I don’t expect it to happen, but it’s nice to see Edmonton being thought of positively by a player. Even if it is just one and he also mentioned Winnipeg.