By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12
Now-former Boston Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom has signed with the Calgary Flames as an unrestricted free agent. The deal is for one year with an average annual value (AAV) of $700,000.
Nordstrom spent the last two seasons with Boston on a two-year deal worth $1 million. In 48 games during the 2019-20 season, he posted four goals and three assists for seven points to go along with a minus-six rating and 17 penalty minutes. Through 13 games in the National Hockey League’s Return to Play, the versatile left-shot forward recorded two helpers.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the Stockholm, Sweden, native tallied 7-5-12 numbers in 70 games with an even plus-minus and 13 penalty minutes. In 23 contests on Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final, the 28-year-old had three goals and five assists for eight points.
On his career, Nordstrom has a total of 31 goals and 37 assists for 38 points in addition to 71 penalty minutes through 400 NHL contests. In 46 career playoff games, he has 3-7-10 numbers.
Nordstrom was originally drafted 90th overall in the third round of the 2010 Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, where he spent parts of three seasons from 2012 through 2015 bouncing between Chicago and the team’s AHL-affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. During the 2014-15 campaign, Nordstrom served as captain of the IceHogs, and appeared in three playoff contests with the Blackhawks en route to the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in five years.
Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Blackhawks traded Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg to the Carolina Hurricanes. Nordstrom played three seasons with the Hurricanes before signing in Boston as a free agent.
Internationally, Nordstrom won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2017 World Championships as well as at the 2012 World Junior Championships.