St. Louis Blues Bring Back Petteri Lindbohm from AHL Chicago


For the fifth time this season, the St. Louis Blues have recalled defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves. Unless a trade is forthcoming, this move would seem to mean that defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who last played on December 6, is still not devoid of his concussion symptoms and therefore is not ready to return. After he began skating last week, there was hope that Gunnarsson would return soon, but he later had to suspend his regimen after his symptoms returned.

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Lindbohm had most recently been reassigned to Chicago last Friday as the NHL’s holiday transaction freeze began. The Blues were hoping that Gunnarsson could return during the week-long freeze, and they needed an open roster space, as players are not allowed to be sent down during the period. In addition, with Ian Cole and Chris Butler both being capable defensemen, carrying just the requisite six d-men allowed the Blues to conserve some cap space, which is especially crucial right now considering that they’re carrying both goalie Martin Brodeur and forward Dmitrij Jaskin on top of the normal 23-man roster to replace the injured Brian Elliott and Jaden Schwartz.

The 21-year-old Lindbohm has played in eight NHL games this year, registering one assist with an even plus-minus rating and six penalty minutes. He’ll likely be in the lineup on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars, as he played in all seven games during his stint with the team from December 4-18. Lindbohm’s presence has usually forced Ian Cole to the press box, and that would seem to be the likely scenario on Saturday night.

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