Friday, February 6, 2009
Reports are coming in that the Capitals have claimed defenseman Staffan Kronwall off the waiver wire. Kronwall was the Toronto Maple Leafs' 9th round selection (285th overall) in the 2002 NHL entry draft.
Standing at 6-4, 210 pounds, the 26-year-old Swedish defender is of the stay-at-home variety.
Kronwall has played 52 games in the NHL, earning an assist, one point and a minus five rating. His stats with the Toronto Marlies, the Maples Leafs AHL affiliate, are posted below.
Because he is being claimed off of waivers, the Capitals will only have to pay half of his salary. He is expected to be paid the league minimum, according to Tarik.
The last name Kronwall might sound familiar to some hockey fans. Staffan Kronwall's brother is Detroit Red Wing Niklas Kronwall.
Kronwall wears No. 44, which is currently availible on the Capitals roster. Kronwall joins Nicklas Backstrom and Michael Nylander as the Caps resident Swedes.
Kronwall's first NHL fight
Kronwall fighting at the AHL level
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Posted by Reed-CK at 2/06/2009