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Devils acquire Havelid from Atlanta

Monday, 03.02.2009 / 6:59 PM / 2009 Trade Deadline

By NHL.com Staff

Looking to shore up his blue line prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello acquired veteran defenseman Niclas Havelid and minor-league forward Myles Stoesz from the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday in exchange for defenseman Anssi Salmela.

Havelid, 35, had two goals and 13 assists in 63 games for the Thrashers this season and has career totals of 34 goals and 133 assists for 167 points and 336 games between Atlanta and the Anaheim Ducks. He will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
   
"Niclas Havelid is a veteran defenseman who brings a wealth of experience to our hockey team," Lamoriello said. "We look forward to Niclas joining our defensive corps."
   
Salmela is in his first season in North America and has split time between New Jersey and Lowell of the American Hockey League. He had three assists and six penalty minutes in 17 games with New Jersey and is 8-16-24 with 41 penalty minutes in 38 games with Lowell.

Stoesz, 22, has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) and 158 penalty minutes in 43 games this season with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. The Steinbach, Manitoba, native has appeared in 107 career games with the Gladiators, recording 13 points (eight goals, five assists) and 449 penalty minutes. It is likely he will report to ECHL Trenton.
   
New Jersey will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
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