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Anssi Salmela
Anssi Salmela
Defenceman
Number: 25
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: 13 Aug 1984
Birthplace: Nokia, Finland
Acquired: Acquired from the Devils on March 2 in exchange for Niclas Havelid and Myles Stoesz
Had 1a Apr. 9 at NYR...Posted first goal of season/first career OT tally Mar. 12 vs. NYI...Played in last 35 games back to Jan. 22, marking career-high, including 100th NHL game Mar. 17 at Ott...Had two points in three games with first career OT assist/point Feb. 10 at Tor. &  1a Feb. 16 vs. Car...DND four of five, Jan. 9-20;  notched 1a Jan. 15 at Fla...Cleared waivers Jan. 14 after being placed the day before...Had first point of season with assist Jan. 1 at Car...Returned to NHL lineup Dec. 15 vs. Phx...Activated Dec. 14 after being recalled from Albany (AHL) the day before; skated in two AHL games...Was assigned to Albany Dec. 9 for conditioning purposes...Missed 27 contests Oct. 8-Dec. 6 (knee);  was designated as an injured, non-roster player...2009-10:  Re-acquired by Devils Feb. 4, nearly 1 year after being traded;  was traded to Atl. for N. Havelid &  M. Stoesz, Mar. 2, 2009…Became 18th player to be re-acquired &  see action with NJ.



2008-09 Season Notes
* Tied a career high for points and assists (2a) on 3/26 vs. NYR
* Scored his first career NHL goal, in his second game as a Thrasher, and skated in a season-high 21:50 on 3/16 vs. WSH
* Made his Thrashers debut, recording two shots in 19:00 on 3/14 at BUF
* Set a career-high two assists and plus-three rating on 11/23 at TB
* Earned his first career NHL point/assist on 11/12 vs. NYR

2008-09 Season Highs
Goals: 1, 3/16 vs. WSH
Assists: 2 (2x), last 3/26 vs. NYR
Points: 2 (2x), last 3/26 vs. NYR
Shots: 6, 11/9 vs. EDM
PIM: 2 (4x), last 3/16 vs. WSH
Plus/Minus: +3, 11/23 at TB
TOI: 21:50, 3/16 vs. WSH

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