McGinn, Nesterov reassigned to AHL Syracuse
The Lightning made a couple moves this morning, reassigning defenseman Nikita Nesterov and forward Tye McGinn to AHL Syracuse.
McGinn was expected, especially with the return of Cedric Paquette Thursday. Plus wing Jonathan Drouin (lower body) is getting closer. McGinn did have a special week, called up Sunday in time to face his younger brother Brock in Carolina. McGinn also got to see older brother Jamie, a wing with the Sabres, though was scratched Thursday and didn't get to play him.
The Nesterov move was more interesting. Nesterov has often been a healthy scratch this season, playing in just six games, including Thursday, when he didn't play particularly well. This could be a way to get him more playing time, tonight and Saturday for Syracuse, since the Lightning will be off after Saturday until Tuesday. Nestrov probably wouldn't have played Saturday vs Wild with veteran Matt Carle, a healthy scratch Thursday, likely to be back in lineup. Hard to imagine the team would scratch Carle in back to back games.
"We just want to get him ice time," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We have seven healthy defensemen in Tampa, sitting a healthy defenseman every night, and a good one. And he's young, and he doesn't need to clear waivers to go down. Just get him playing more."
But there's no guarantee Nesterov returns to Tampa Bay next week. Yzerman said they'll reassess after the weekend. Yzerman is in Syracuse and could be evaluating the other defensemen like Luke Witkowski, Slater Koekkoek and 2014 first round pick Tony DeAngelo.
Yzerman said, as of this point, there's no call-ups coming for Saturday's game against the Wild. Veteran defenseman Matt Carle, a healthy scratch Thursday, can return to the lineup. There are 12 healthy forwards with Cedric Paquette back, and Jonathan Drouin (lower body) getting closer.