Devils improve their ‘D’

Veteran defenseman Niclas Havelid, believed to be on Boston’s shopping list with the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, was dealt this afternoon from Atlanta to New Jersey.

The Devils, who could be one of Boston’s hurdles to a long Cup run, swapped a younger blueline prospect, Anssi Salmela, for Havelid, one of the game’s premier shotblockers.

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