Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed a TSN report last night that Swedish star Carl Soderberg, whose NHL rights have been owned by the B’s since 2007, is close to coming to play for the team this year after his season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Elite League ends.

Chiarelli told the Herald he’s still waiting on final clearance from the league to make sure the move would be allowed, but he’s optimistic.

“We’ve been trying for five years to get him over here and it’s close,” said Chiarelli, who said the move wouldn’t stop him from continuing to explore the trade market. “He’s had a hell of a year and he’s grown into a big strong kid now, a man, and he’s told us that he feels he’s ready now. He’s a good player, big strong player. There are still some steps to go, but it looks good.”

The 27-year-old Soderberg had a breakout year, posting 31-29-60 totals for Linkoping. The SEL has just finished the regular season and Soderberg’s team is about to start a best-of-seven quarterfinal round.

Soderberg is a left-hand shot that could possibly be a solution for the third line. Chris Bourque, who had been playing there, was placed on waivers for the purpose of sending him down to Providence (teams have until noon today to claim him).