Devils acquire veteran defender Havelid
The New Jersey Devils added to their blue line on Monday, acquiring defenceman Niclas Havelid from the Atlanta Thrashers for defensive prospect Anssi Salmela.
Havelid, who will turn 36 next month, has spent the last four seasons with Atlanta after playing five with the Anaheim Ducks.
"Niclas Havelid is a veteran defenceman who brings a wealth of experience to our hockey team," New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. "We look forward to Niclas joining our defensive corps."
For his career, Havelid has 34 goals and 133 assists in 613 regular season games with 336 penalty minutes.
The bulk of his playoff experience of 25 games came when Anaheim reached the Stanley Cup final in 2003. He was traded the next year to Atlanta for Kurtis Foster.
The Swede is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Salmela, 24, had three assists in 17 games with New Jersey in his first North American season. The Nokia, Finland, native has eight goals and 16 assists in 38 games with Lowell in the American Hockey League.