Lightning recalls Vasilevskiy, McGinn from Syracuse
As expected, Lightning recalled goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy from AHL Syracuse, with him most likely starting today against Carolina.
Vasilevskiy missed the first month of the season due to surgery to remove a blood clot, but will resume his role as backup, forming a "1 and 1A tandem" with starter Ben Bishop. Vasilevskiy has been sharp in two rehab games for AHL Syracuse, stopping 56 of 58 shots in two wins.
Kristers Gudlevskis was reassigned to Syracuse, having impressed in his one game, a 1-0 overtime loss to Chicago.
But the unexpected move was Tampa Bay calling up left wing Tye McGinn, sending Jonathan Marchessault back. McGinn, at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, brings more size to the Lightning bottom six, providing some grit and bite missing with Cedric Paquette (left ankle) sidelined. McGinn, 25, got the call Saturday afternoon, pumped to return to the NHL for first time since last season with Arizona. He's played in 87 career NHL games with the Flyers, Sharks and Coyotes.
"I was always itching to get back here as soon as I could," McGinn said. "Just trying to play good hockey where I was and wait for the chance."
The first thing McGinn did when he got the news was look to see where Tampa Bay was heading on its road trip, and fortuitously he'll be in Carolina today where he gets to face his younger brother, Brock, for the first time in the NHL. With the Lightning staying in town tonight, the two will get to hang out post-game,
"I haven't seen him in a while, so looking forward to catching up with him," Tye said.
Tye has played against older brother, Jamie, 27, when Jamie was with the Avalanche last season. Jamie is now with the Sabres, so if McGinn sticks around a few more days, he could play against big brother Thursday in Buffalo. Jamie tweeted today excited that all three brothers are in the NHL at the same time, #dreamscometrue.
Of the three, Tye said he bore the brunt of his brothers growing up.
"I was the middle child," Tye said with a smile. "It was always Jamie and Brock vs. me."
McGinn, who had three assists and 15 penalty minutes in eight games with the Crunch, takes pride in using his big body on the ice, not afraid to go to the dirty areas and defend teammates by dropping his gloves.