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Anssi Salmela

Anssi Salmela  #29

Defenseman
NUMBER: 29 BIRTHDATE: August 13, 1984
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Nokia, Finland
WEIGHT: 200
Shoots: Left
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.
Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, May 30, 2008. Traded to Atlanta by New Jersey for Niclas Havelid and Myles Stoesz, March 2, 2009. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta with Ilya Kovalchuk and Atlanta's 2nd round choice (Jonathon Merrill) in 2010 Entry Draft for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and New Jersey's 1st (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Justin Holl) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft, February 4, 2010. Missed majority of 2009-10 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), July 15, 2011.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers