Cory Conacher reassigned to AHL Syracuse
Lightning forward Cory Conacher said he planned to play Saturday's game in New Jersey as if it was his last game in the NHL.
Well it was, at least for now.
Conacher was reassigned to AHL Syracuse today, and is expected to play for the Crunch at Wilkes-Barre. Conacher was called up Friday when Nikita Kucherov (upper body) was day to day with an upper body injury. Conacher played Saturday, with one shot in 13 minutes of ice time.
With Conacher getting returned, it could mean one of a few things. Either the Lightning is planning on playing 11 defensemen and seven forwards tonight against the Rangers, getting defenseman Matt Taormina in his first game since his call-up a week ago.
Or... it means either Ryan Callahan (hip surgery) or Kucherov is ready to return tonight. Callahan certainly appears close, the Lightning having targeted the end of this road trip for his season debut. It'd be fitting considering he's a former Rangers captain.
"I'm pretty much back to normal now," Callahan said.
Kucherov, who suffered what's believed to be a left shoulder area injury Thursday in Montreal, skated in a red no-contact jersey Saturday morning, and did again Sunday morning. Coach Jon Cooper said Saturday he wasn't sure if Kucherov would be back by the end of this six-game road trip, which wraps up Tuesday in Brooklyn.
We'll find out more potentially when Cooper addresses the media tonight before the game.