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Bolts add Mikkelson from Flames for 'D' depth

Friday, 01.06.2012 / 12:49 PM / News

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Bolts add Mikkelson from Flames for 'D' depth
The Tampa Bay Lightning added depth to their blue line Friday, acquiring defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Blair Jones.

Mikkelson, a 2005 second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks, has played 86 NHL games with the Ducks and Calgary Flames, totaling 6 assists and 40 penalty minutes. However, he's spent all of this season with the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has 13 points in 33 games.

Mikkelson last played in the NHL last season, which he split between the Ducks and Flames, but the Lightning announced he would be joining the NHL team. The Lightning next play Saturday in Montreal.

The Lightning currently are without defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee) and Victor Hedman (concussion). They're allowing a League-worst 3.36 goals per game.

Jones had 2 goals and 2 assists in 22 games with the Lightning. He also has played five games with Tampa's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

"Blair is a player that both (coach) Brent Sutter and I are familiar with," said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. "He is a good-sized centerman (6-foot-2) and someone we feel will fit in well here with our organization."

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For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday