The Blues have signed Swedish left winger Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year, one-way contract that will pay him $700,000 in 2014-15. Lindstrom, 30, was a second-round pick of Columbus in 2002 who played parts of three seasons with the Blue Jackets and bounced around with three other NHL clubs before returning to Europe. He joined Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League, where he's played the past four seasons, winning back-to-back championships the last two years. "He's a player that's been to North America, gone back and really reinvented his game," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He came over probably too young and went back (to Sweden). He wants to come back (to the NHL). I know there were a few teams that were trying to get him to come back to North America." There were two factors that perhaps helped the Blues land Lindstrom: he played for head coach Ken Hitchcock in Columbus and he is friends with forward Alexander Steen, a fellow Swede. "He and Alex Steen have a very good relationship," Armstrong said.
Blues sign Swedish forward Lindstrom to NHL contract
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | May 28