Joakim Lindstrom’s return to North American was a brief one.
On Friday, Swedish outlet Hockey Sverige reported that Lindstrom, who returned to the NHL this season with St. Louis — before getting traded to Toronto — has signed with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg.
The 31-year-old, who spent time with the Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Avalanche in his first North American tour, signed with the Blues last summer following three very productive years with Skelleftea of the Swedish League.
While he was OK in St. Louis (six points in 34 games), he didn’t have a significant presence and wasn’t a lineup regular, eventually getting flipped to the Leafs at the deadline as part of the Olli Jokinen trade.
With Toronto, Lindstrom scored four points in 19 games, averaging 10:30 TOI per night.
Lindstrom is expected to fill the gap at SKA left by Artemi Panarin, who recently signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flyers have added another young defensive prospect to the mix, signing Swiss blueliner Christian Marti to an entry-level deal.
Marti, 22, joins the Flyers after two seasons in the Swiss National League A with club side Geneve-Servette. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he’s got good size and showed some offensive flair during his one and only season of junior hockey in Quebec two years ago, scoring 35 points in 46 games for QMJHL Blainville-Boisbriand.
Marti also represented Switzerland at the 2012 World Juniors in Alberta.
It’ll be interesting to see where Marti fits in the Flyers system. The club has seven NHL d-men under contract for next season — Brandon Manning, Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, Nick Schultz, and Radko Gudas — while Michael Del Zotto is a pending restricted free agent.
Highly-touted draftees Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg could also push for roster spots.
It was smooth sailing for the Americans and Canadians in their respective opening contests at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
The Americans were led by a pair of goals from captain Matt Hendricks to cruise to a 5-1 win over Finland, while Canada got three point efforts from Nathan MacKinnon and Jason Spezza to beat Latvia 6-1.
Highlights from the U.S. romp:
New Nashville signee Steve Moses opened the scoring for the Americans with a great solo effort late in the first period. Nick Bonino and Dan Sexton had the other goals, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win.
Canada had five different goalscorers in its romp: MacKinnon, Spezza, Tyler Toffoli, Matt Duchene and captain Sidney Crosby, who converted on a penalty shot. It was an easy victory over a Latvian team that was woefully overmatched; the country’s lone NHLers, Zemgus Girgensons and Ronalds Kenins, aren’t participating in the tournament.