Blues sign Swedish forward Joakim Lindstrom to one-year deal
MAY 28, 2014 5:31p ET
ST. LOUIS -- The Blues made a move to upgrade their offense Wednesday morning when they signed Swedish forward Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract.
Lindstrom, 30, spent parts of five seasons in the NHL with Columbus, Phoenix and Colorado but has been with his hometown Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League for the last four years.
Lindstrom scored 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 55 games this season and then had 18 points in the postseason to lead Skelleftea AIK to its second consecutive championship. He also was named the postseason MVP.
He recently scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) and was plus-four in nine games to help Sweden win the bronze model at the IIHF World Championships in Belarus. Lindstrom was tied for sixth in scoring at the tournament.
"We came here to win the gold," Lindstrom told reporters after scoring a goal in his teamâs 3-0 win against the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game. "That was our goal. But the competition is very, very hard, and all in all it was a pretty good tournament for us."
The 6-foot, 187-pounder provides experience on a low-risk, one-year deal that adds depth to the group of Blues forwards. With Lindstrom the Blues have nine forwards under contract for next season.
The Blues have three unrestricted free-agent forwards in Derek Roy, Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow and then three restricted free-agent forwards in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong spoke at his season-ending press conference about the difficulty in trying to add players who could make a difference in the playoffs.
"Itâs a difficult league to acquire players," he said. "My job is to find a way to get it done. But I look at what happened at the trade deadline, I look at people signing their free agents ... we did it with (Jay) Bouwmeester, we did it with (Alexander) Steen. I look at last year's free-agent pool that was available, what players from that pool are excelling in this year's playoffs ... are they the players that are pushing you over the top? I'm not sure that I've seen that from a free-agent group, and I'm not sure if free agency is the way to go.
"Then it's getting a team to want to move a top-scoring player, and I know the cost of doing that. I haven't found the team that really wants to give us the 50-goal guy yet. But I know the two or three names they're going to ask for and that's robbing Peter to pay Paul. So, I have to sit with the coach and find out if there's a different way to complement this group."
Lindstrom does have a friendship with Blues forward Alexander Steen.
He also received a welcome from Kevin Shattenkirk via Twitter.
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