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Blues sign Lehtera out of KHL: two years, $5.5 million

Jul 1, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Jori Lehtera AP

The St. Louis Blues are getting caught up with an old acquaintance.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera out of the KHL. He was a third-round pick by the Blues in 2008 but has spent the past four seasons in the KHL with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Novosibirsk Sibir. He also represented Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Per Fox Sports’ Andy Strickland, it’s a two-year deal worth $5.5 million (a $2.25M annual cap hit).

Last season Novosibirsk, Lehtera had 12 goals and 44 points in 48 games. He’ll provide the Blues with depth at forward and will be playing in North America for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Ton of skill. Not really sure where he fits into their lineup and if he even fits their style of play but he definitely adds another dimension to the team. I just know he didn’t want to play in the AHL before and now that he’s older he probably won’t want to now either. Interested to see what this guy can do up in the big leagues, really creative player.

  2. 5thliner - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Love this signing. I was really bummed when he left for the KHL. He has some chemistry with Tarasenko from when they both played for Novosibirsk Sibir.

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Panger already brought up a line of Lehtera, Tarasenko, and Schwartz. Its going to be an interesting lineup this year

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