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Avalanche bring Carl Soderberg back

San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche - Game Three
DENVER, CO - APRIL 30: Carl Soderberg #34 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after a goal is scored against the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.
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The Colorado Avalanche have acquired, or re-acquired, center Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston. Soderberg, 35, who is on a $1 million contract that expires at the end of the year, had 15 points in 34 games for the Hawks. He comes back to Colorado after two seasons split between Chicago and Arizona.

Originally drafted by St. Louis, Soderberg spent four seasons with the Avs, including two playoff runs. At 35, he was still playing third line minutes for the Hawks at about 15 minutes a night. He’ll likely play on the fourth line in a depth defensive role for another hopefully long playoff run.

The forwards traded away are Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston. Dickinson, 23, has spent the last three seasons split between the AHL Colorado Eagles and ECHL Utah Grizzlies. On an NHL contract, he is essentially a roster spot to keep the Avalanche under 50 (they are still at 49 after this trade). Rolston is a 19-year-old forward prospect in the NCAA with Notre Dame. Son of Brian Rolston, he had an unimpressive first season with the Men’s Hockey team. Rolston was drafted as an overager in 2020 in the fifth round by the Avalanche.