The Bruins’ pursuit of Carl Soderberg was expected to heat up once his Swedish Elite League team was eliminated from the playoffs, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the big Swedish center.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the contract with the 27-year-old Soderberg is all but done from a Bruins perspective and now the team is wading through the international requirements to bring him to the NHL. That means purchasing him from his Linkoping Swedish Elite League club and making sure that the IIHF has signed off on the transaction

Soderberg's Linkoping team was eliminated from the playoffs last week.

“It’s very close,” said the hockey source.

Soderberg would be eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs provided he’s brought into the fold prior to the end of the regular season, and could be a big help to a Bruins team always looking for some size and offense. He had 31 goals and 60 points in 54 Swedish Elite League games this season, and brings a 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame into the mix along with a set of skills that has scouts drooling.