August 2: Lindbohm’s choice to head back to Europe is now official. Frolunda HC has signed Lindbohm, per a team announcement.
August 1: Petteri Lindbohm’s return to the NHL appears as if it will be a short-lived one. SportExpressen’s Johan Svensson reports that the 28-year-old has been fielding interest from teams overseas and is believed to have a verbal agreement in place to sign with Frolunda of the SHL.
Lindbohm started last season with Jokerit of the KHL and did well enough to join Finland at the Olympics back in February. When Jokerit ceased operations, he was let out of his contract and signed with Florida for the rest of the season, giving the Panthers some extra defensive depth down the stretch.
Lindbohm got into nine games with Florida, picking up an assist while averaging a little over 14 minutes per game. However, he was a healthy scratch in all ten of their playoff contests and it appears as if there wasn’t enough of a market for him in free agency to secure another one-way contract. Instead, he’ll head overseas where he’ll have a chance to play a big role and perhaps play his way into a third NHL opportunity down the road.