Blues sign veteran forward Lindstrom: one year, $700,000


Joakim Lindstrom is on his way back to North America.

Lindstrom, a veteran of 97 career NHL games that spent the last three years in Sweden, has signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis blues, the club announced on Wednesday.

Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the deal is worth $700,000.

Lindstrom, 30, was Columbus’ second-round pick (41st overall) at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and went onto appear in 37 games for the Jackets, scoring four goals and eight points. From there, Lindstrom had stints in both Phoenix and Colorado, scoring a career-high nine goals and 20 points in 44 games for the Coyotes during the 2008-09 campaign.

Lindstrom has been one of the best scorers in Sweden over the last few years, culminating with a stellar ’13-14 campaign in which he finished second in the Swedish Hockey League in scoring (63 points in 55 games).

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.