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Mike Lundin joins Swedish second division

Nov 23, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

Mike Lundin #2 of the Minnesota Wild hits Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks during their game at HP Pavilion at San Jose on December 6, 2011 in San Jose, California.
(December 5, 2011 - Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Mike Lundin agreed to a one-year, $1,150,000 contract with Ottawa over the summer. Obviously the lockout has prevented him from making his Senators debut, so instead he’ll spend some time with Almtuna IS of the Swedish second division, according to the team’s website.

Lundin is coming off a rough season where he missed significant chunks of time due to a back injury and a sports hernia. The latter required surgery and he missed the final 25 games of the regular season. He finished with two assists in 17 contests with the Minnesota Wild.

With that in mind, playing in Europe might prove to be particularly valuable for Lundin as he attempts to get back into game shape after going roughly nine months between contests.

When he was healthy, Lundin logged an average of 20:12 minutes per game with Minnesota and wasn’t afraid to block shots. If it wasn’t for the work stoppage, Lundin might have started the 2012-13 campaign on the Senators’ third defensive pairing.

  1. williplett - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    I thought those bashing the players said that only the superstars were able to play overseas. Mike Lundin is not a superstar and he’s signing as the first third of the season-plus the Winter Classic and the All Star Game-is finally erased from the books. I would like to see some NHL hockey this season, but a banal signing like this tells me that there is little hope left.

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