Habs’ St. Pierre heads back to KHL

Journeyman Martin St. Pierre is on his way back to Europe.

(The KHL, specifically.)

St. Pierre, who played his first NHL game in four years last season, has left the Montreal organization and signed with Croatian-based KHL club Medvescak Zagreb, the team announced on Friday.

St. Pierre, 30, spent almost all of last season with AHL Hamilton but did get a game with the Habs in November against St. Louis — marking the first time he’d participated in a NHL contest since suiting up for three with Ottawa during the 2009-10 campaign.

A former junior scoring star — he racked up 110 points with OHL Guelph in 2003-04 — St. Pierre has bounced around both North America and Europe over the last nine years, spending time with the Chicago, Boston, Ottawa, Columbus and Montreal organizations. He’s also spent time in the Finnish, Austrian and Russian leagues — his last stint in the KHL came in 2010-11, when he played a handful of games for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.