Avalanche sign Soderberg to extension

Soderberg was a second-round pick by the Blues in the 2004 NHL Draft. Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche signed center Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract on Friday, according to ESPN.com.

Soderberg, 29, was acquired in a trade earlier in the week from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 entry draft. He scored 13 goals and added 31 assists last season for the Bruins, who were unable to re-sign him due to salary cap issues.

“We are pleased to have Carl signed to a long-term deal,” Avalanche president and general manager Joe Sakic said. “He is a solid two-way forward who is big and strong on the puck. He is versatile, can play center or wing, and his addition will also benefit our power play.”

Soderberg is expected to skate on one of Colorado’s top two lines next season and provide experience to a young forward corps.