Flames' Kronwall angling for new address

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

Waived by his NHL club and not yet re-assigned to the minors, Calgary Flames defenceman Staffan Kronwall remains in limbo.

Nobody claimed the 28-year-old from the waiver wire this week, but the 6-foot-3 blueliner is still hoping for a new address outside of Abbotsford.

His first choice is Sweden, of course, where he can be with his wife Viktoria after getting married this summer. But other slightly less desirable options include a trade to a team on the East Coast, where his bride can visit without taking two long flights.

“We are exploring trade options or a re-assignment to Europe,” Kronwall’s agent, J.P. Barry, told the Sun via e-mail.

Kronwall spent last season with the Abbotsford Heat despite his one-way contract that pays him US$500,000 regardless of where he plays.

He won’t walk away from the contract, which has just one more year remaining, but has stated for months his preference is to return to the Swedish Elite League.

If the Flames can’t find a solution that suits all parties, Kronwall will be headed back to the Heat. He had a strong season in Abbotsford last year — five goals and 28 points in 44 games — but said during training camp he’s not anxious to return to the minors.

“I’m sure a lot of guys have been in this situation before,” he said. “I’m not feeling pity about myself. Obviously, the situation could be better, but I’m positive.”

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