COLBY ARMSTRONG WILL PLAY IN SWEDENJul 27th, 2013 | By reusch | Category: Canadiens, Latest News
Colby Armstrong became an unrestricted free agent for the second time in two years earlier this month. After testing the NHL waters and found them almost dry, Armstrong has agreed to a contract with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish National League.
This from Armstrong’s Twitter account Saturday -
Växjö is a city of 60 thousand about 350 kilometres south of Stockholm. The city’s arena holds 5700 fans. Armstrong agreed to a contract with the Swedish team after interest in his NHL services proved to limited or non-existent.
Armstrong signed a one year Canadiens contract last July after Toronto bought out the 3 million dollars owed him in the final year of his three year-nine million dollar Leafs contract. The Canadiens signed him to a one year-one million dollar deal last July. In 37 games, playing mostly on the Canadiens third and fourth lines, he scored 2 goals and 3 assists, had a plus-one rating while averaging 11 minutes a game. He missed ten games with a knee injury suffered early in April.
Overall, Armstrong played a solid defensive game for the Canadiens. He also turned out to be an outstanding teammate. The Canadiens let him go when it was clear that the farm system was capable of replacing his spot in the lineup.
Armstrong also tweeted this
I grew up like any kid dreaming to play in the NHL I got to do it and also MTL was my favourite team growing up and I got to wear the CH
Armstrong was drafted 21st overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. He played in 476 NHL games with the Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, Leafs and Canadiens tallying 209 points. The highwater mark of his career was 49 points in 47 games with the Penguins in 2005-06 playing mostly on a line with Sidney Crosby during Crosby’s rookie season..
Among the Canadiens six unrestricted free agents, three – forwards Jeff Halpern and Petteri Nokelainen plus defenseman Tomas Kaberle remain unsigned. Michael Ryder signed with New Jersey and Yannick Weber got a one year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. The Canadiens re-signed right winger Mike Blunden before his unrestricted window would have opened.