Report: Leafs’ Lindstrom signs in KHL

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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.