When word filtered out last week that the Bruins are close to signing the mysterious Swede Carl Soderberg, the news was met with some eye rolls.

Not only had we heard many times before that the 6-foot-3, 230-pound forward was on his way since his rights were obtained from the St. Louis Blues for goalie Hannu Toivonen in July 2007, there was also the idea that having word out that the B’s have a good player already in the bag wouldn’t hurt general manager Peter Chiarelli’s leverage in the weeks leading up to the NHL trade deadline.

By all accounts, however, this Soderberg business appears to be more than a ruse designed to help Chiarelli in an iffy trade market, and bringing a European in late in the season is not unprecedented.

The Ottawa Senators last year brought in Jakob Silfverberg after the forward’s Brynas team won the Swedish Elite League championship. Silfverberg played two playoff games for the Senators.

“Obviously it’s a bit different playing on that big ice surface that we’ve got back in Europe and smaller ones here,” Silfverberg said prior to Ottawa’s 3-2 shootout loss last night to the Bruins. “It took me a few games to adapt to it.