Lightning acquire D Brendan Mikkelson from Calgary; trade F Blair Jones

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 24: Sam Gagner #89 of the Edmonton Oilers shoots the puck on Leland Irving #37 of the Calgary Flames as teammate Brendan Mikkelson #29 tries to block it during second period action on September 24, 2011 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)


The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have traded forward Blair Jones to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. From the team's press release:

Mikkelson, 6-foot-3, 206 pounds, has played in 86 career NHL games with the Flames and the Anaheim Ducks, recording six assists and 40 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut during the 2008-09 season and played in a career-high 34 games with Anaheim. Mikkelson played in his first NHL game on January 2, 2009 against Philadelphia.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Mikkelson has appeared in 33 games for the Abbotsford Heat this season, notching three goals and 15 points. He is one of three Heat players to skate in all 33 games in 2011-12 and ranks second among all team defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Mikkelson has played in 183 career AHL games with the Portland Pirates, Iowa Chops, Toronto Marlies and Abbotsford. He has amassed 18 career AHL goals and 64 points. Mikkelson helped Portland to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, recording two goals and eight points.

The 24-year-old was claimed off waivers by Calgary from Anaheim on October 19, 2010. He was drafted by the Ducks in the second round, 31
st overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Mikkelson is expected to join the Lightning, per the @TBLightning Twitter feed. More later....

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