The St. Louis Blues announced Wednesday that they franchise has signed veteran Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract. Though specific financial terms were not disclosed by the team, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford stated it is a one-way, $700,000 deal.
The Swedish forward has been playing with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League over the past three seasons. In addition to winning back to back championships the past two years, Lindstrom had 23 goals and 63 points throughout 55 games played this season.
Lindstrom was also a part of Team Sweden during the IIHF World Championship, helping the team win the bronze medal. Throughout the championship games, he led the team with eleven points over nine games, including five goals. This included Lindstrom missing one game with a groin injury.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is excited to have him join the Blues.
“He’s a player that’s been to North America, gone back and really reinvented his game. He came over probably too young and went back (to Sweden). He wants to come back. I know there were a few teams that were trying to get him to come back to North America.”
The 30 year old left hander is 6 feet tall and weighs 203 pounds. He has always been a player who can produce points. Lindstrom was second in the Swedish league for points overall during the regular season with six goals and 18 points over 14 games played. He also received the league’s postseasom MVP award.
“So he’s got some offensive ability,” Armstrong said. “I think we’re a team that can provide him with an opportunity and he certainly adds to our skill and our depth. Again, I don’t want to oversell, but it’s a player that has some skill and we’ll see how he can fit into our lineup.”
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