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 St. Louis Blues leapfrogged the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
The Blackhawks are third in the Central Division and six points up on the Minnesota Wild, who hold the first wild card seed.
St. Louis has now won three straight while Chicago had its four-game win streak snapped.
Kris Versteeg opened the scoring at 14:12 of the first period, but it was all St. Louis after that.
David Backes tied it 1-1 at 6:07 of the second period with his 26th of the season and Olli Jokinen netted the game winner at 15:12 of the second.
Jake Allen made 38 saves for the win while Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in the loss.
Both teams lost defensemen in the first period.
St. Louis was without Robert Bortuzzo for the final two periods due to an upper body injury.
Kimmo Timonen was hit by Blues’ forward Ryan Reaves midway through the first and left with an undisclosed injury. The Blackhawks announced post-game that Timonen is day-to-day.
Roberto Luongo is only the 11th goaltender in the league’s history to reach the 400-win mark and he earned that milestone in style tonight by turning aside 31 of 32 shots in a 6-1 win over Carolina.
Nevertheless, the timing of this event could have been better.
“I don’t take it for granted. I’m blessed to play this long in the NHL and something that I love, but at the same time I would’ve liked to have got it a few games earlier and maybe get a few more points in the standings,” Luongo told the Sun Sentinel.
Luongo’s point is that despite tonight’s win the Panthers are still likely to miss the playoffs. Had he earned his 400th victory on Tuesday against Boston, the Panthers would be in a better spot.
Nevertheless, this is a remarkable accomplishment for Luongo. He earned 252 of his victories with Vancouver and 141 with Florida. That split has provided him with the rare distinction of being the all-time leader for both franchises. His other seven victories came with the New York Islanders, which drafted him back in 1997, but traded him along with Olli Jokinen to Florida in 2000 in exchange for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.
Luongo is also just one win shy of Chris Osgood and 10th place on the all-time list.
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Ryan Kesler wrote a column about his first season with the Anaheim Ducks and what it’s been like for him to adjust to a new team after playing with the Vancouver Canucks for roughly a decade. (The Players’ Tribune)
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The Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League came up with a unique jersey design involving fan selfies. (Puck Daddy)
Here are the highlights from the New York Rangers’ 1-0 overtime win against Chicago:
Jaromir Jagr wore a mullet wig in a picture with two young Panthers fans:
Here are the highlights from Boston’s 5-3 victory over Detroit:
The 1995 Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils reunited over the weekend. (NHL.com)
Olli Jokinen sustained an upper-body injury in his first game with the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
While we’re on the injury front, Brett Connolly talked to the media after he had finger surgery:
Olli Jokinen may not be the only player suiting up for his third team this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Rene Bourque on emergency recall from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.
The Jackets play host to the Colorado Avalanche tonight.
Columbus acquired Bourque, who started the season with the Montreal Canadiens, from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
The 33-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Ducks scoring two goals and six assists to go along with a minus-4 rating.
Bourque had two assists in 13 games with Montreal prior to being waived in November. He also dressed in four AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring two goals and two assists.
The Ducks acquired Bourque in exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen on Nov. 20.
Columbus won its only other meeting against Colorado 4-3 on Jan. 4.