Columbus’ Letestu off to Swedish second division

Mark Letestu’s coaching career has come to an abrupt halt.

On Monday, Swedish second division club Almtuna announced it has signed the Blue Jackets forward to a lockout deal.

Prior to joining the Swedish club, Letestu had taken a somewhat unique approach to staying busy during the work stoppage — serving as an assistant coach for Bonnyville of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, a tier-two Canadian junior hockey club a few hours east of Edmonton.

An Alberta native, Letestu spent three years playing for Bonnyville before joining Western Michigan University for one season, then signing as a undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2007.

He was traded to Columbus in November of last season and put up impressive numbers with the Jackets, scoring 11G-13A-24 points in just 51 games while averaging a career-high 16:15 minutes per game.

In Almtuna, Letestu will join fellow locked-out NHLers Jhonas Enroth and Mike Lundin. The team is currently sitting second from bottom in the Allsvenskan.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.