The Los Angeles Kings re-signed defenseman Alex Lintuniemi on Wednesday. The terms of the deal are for one year and will pay him $650,000 at the National Hockey League level. It is also a two-way contract, meaning if Lintuniemi plays in the minor leagues, he will only earn $80,000.
Last season in 2017-18, Lintuniemi played 64 regular season games for the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. He had four goals and 20 assists for 24 points with 30 penalty minutes and was a -6. Lintuniemi also had two assists in four Calder Cup playoff games.
At 6'3", 215 pounds, Lintuniemi shoots left. He was the second round draft pick, 60th overall, in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Even though he was a native of Finland, Lintuniemi played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In his two seasons with the 67's, he saw a massive improvement in his plus/minus. In his first year, Lintuniemi was a -38, but in his second year he was a -5 and had one goal and two assists for three points in six Ontario Hockey League playoff games. In addition to playing for the Reign and 67's, he has played for the Finnish development teams of HIFK and Jokerit, Kiekko-Vantaa in Finland, and the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL and ECHL.