TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Fredrik Claesson from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the rights to goaltender Magnus Chrona, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Claesson will be assigned to the taxi squad.
Claesson, 28, has skated in four games with the Sharks this season, posting three shots on goal and a +1 rating. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound defenseman has appeared in 159 career NHL games over six seasons with the Sharks, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, recording seven goals and 28 points. He set career highs for goals (three), assists (eight) and points (11) during the 2016-17 season while with the Senators. Claesson has also skated in 14 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all during the 2017 playoffs, registering three assists and four penalty minutes.
"Bringing in Fredrik allows us to have five left shot defensemen and six right shot defensemen with NHL experience on our reserve list," BriseBois said. "History has proven that you will need depth on defense if you are going to have an extended playoff run."
The Stockholm, Sweden native has also played in 332 career AHL games over six seasons, collecting 16 goals and 89 points. Last season with the Charlotte Checkers, Claesson notched three goals and 19 points in 47 games, while also serving as the team's assistant captain.
Claesson was originally drafted by the Senators in the fifth round, 126th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.