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Flames claim defenceman Brendan Mikkelson off waivers, send Brodie to farm team

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have claimed defenceman Brendan Mikkelson off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned defenceman T.J. Brodie to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat.

Mikkelson, as 23-year-old from Regina, has five assists and 38 penalty minutes in 67 NHL games. The smooth-skating defender was a second-round draft pick (31st overall) by Anaheim in 2005.

His sister Meaghan Mikkelson is also a defenceman and won an Olympic gold medal with the Canadian women's team in February. Their father Bill played for the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in the 1970s.

Brodie, 20, led the Flames in pre-season scoring with four goals and played in three regular-season games. But Calgary's defence is laden with veterans on one-way contracts and the addition of Mikkelson further crowded the blue-line.

Brodie, from Chatham, Ont., had seven goals and 49 assists for the OHL's Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit last season.

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