The Devils have signed Finnish forward Matias Sointu on a short-term contract.
A minor injury to Devils captain Joey Martin has put him out temporarily and means Sointu will fly into Cardiff later today. Martin is week to week and with the CHL starting tonight and then the Elite League and Challenge Cup kicking off in mid-September, Andrew Lord moved quickly to add the 29 year-old forward.
Pictured Below: Joey Martin is out with a minor injury that will keep him sidelined on a week to week basis
Sointu joins the Devils from IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish Allsvenskan League where he helped his team gain promotion to the Swedish Elite League for the upcoming season. He has played the majority of his professional hockey in the top league in Finland with Ilves and TPS. In 2018, he played a major part in the surprising run to the Austrian title for Bolzano who beat Red Bull Salzburg in the Playoff Finals that season.
Pictured Below: Sointu in action last season with IK Oskarsham (credit JESPER HALLBERG)
Sointu is a former teammate of current Devil Masi Marjamaki. They played together in the Finnish Elite League for 3 years from 2010 to 2013. He brings a ton of speed to the Devils line-up and good offensive upside. He plays his best in the big games and his playoff production and success was a big reason the Devils were attracted to him.
Sointu will arrive into Cardiff later this evening and will be on the ice with his new team on Saturday for the first time. Whether he will play on Sunday remains to be seen.
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