Kevin Poulin placed on waivers by Lightning
The Lightning has placed Kevin Poulin on waivers, the backup goaltender having not played in one game for Tampa Bay.
With Kristers Gudlevskis recalled from AHL Syracuse, presumably to start tonight against Chicago, it appears he will take over as Ben Bishop's backup until Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready in early November.
The Lightning, which claimed Poulin off waivers from the Islanders in late September, would still be on the hook for his $600,000 salary, unless somehow New York takes him back. Coach Jon Cooper had said that just because someone starts the season as backup doesn't mean he'll play. Poulin wasn't particularly impressive in practice, and Gudlevskis looked good in his two starts for Syracuse, stopping 53 of 55 shots in two wins.
Bishop has started each of the first eight games. Vasilevskiy, who had surgery to remove a blood clot in early September, will return to practice Monday in St. Louis. He'll likely need a couple conditioning games in Syracuse before reclaiming his role as Bishop's No. 2.