(Philadelphia) The Gustav Lindström era is over in Montreal. The Swedish defender will continue his career with the Anaheim Ducks, who claimed him on waivers this Wednesday.
Lindstrom, 25, was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings last summer in the trade that sent Jeff Petry to the Auto City. Cut by the Habs at the end of training camp, he was placed on waivers for the first time at the beginning of October, without being claimed, and was sold to the Laval Rocket, in the American League.
The right-hander was quickly recalled as reinforcement after David Savard fractured his hand. In 14 games, he did some decent work, while he was mostly employed in a supporting role. He scored a goal and collected four points.
When Savard returned to form, however, he was removed from the lineup and no longer played. He watched the club’s last 12 games from the stands. The club management postponed his return to the minors as much as possible, since it was necessary to submit the defender to waivers again.
We finally resigned ourselves to this solution in order to free up a place in the lineup for the imminent return of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard… and the Ducks asked for it. In the short term, in Anaheim, he will likely fill the space left open on the right flank of the defense by the departure of Jamie Drysdale, traded to the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week.