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Lightning assign Boo Nieves to AHL Syracuse

The move allows the team to free up a forward roster spot for Tyler Johnson.
Lightning forward Boo Nieves (59) works to old off forward Daniel Walcott (75) during the Lightning Blue vs White scrimmage earlier this month in Brandon.
Lightning forward Boo Nieves (59) works to old off forward Daniel Walcott (75) during the Lightning Blue vs White scrimmage earlier this month in Brandon. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 15
Updated Jan. 15

TAMPA — The Lightning assigned forward Boo Nieves to the team’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse on Friday morning, making way for Tampa Bay to add Tyler Johnson from the taxi squad prior to tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nieves came to training camp on a professional tryout contract and made the team’s roster, signing a one-year, two-way contract. He appeared on waivers on Wednesday and didn’t play in the Lightning’s 5-1 season-opening win over Chicago. He did practice with the team on Thursday.

Johnson had to miss the opener because he and defenseman Luke Schenn opened the season on the taxi squad after passing through waivers, a move the Lightning made to set their spending threshold as close to the $81.5 million cap limit as possible. That was necessary because the Lightning used long-term injury reserve capabilities to become cap-compliant.

Mathieu Joseph filled in for Johnson on the Lightning’s second forward line in the opener and played well, scoring a first-period goal. With Johnson back at practice Thursday, Joseph returned to the fourth line.

The Lightning could also activate Schenn from the taxi squad before Friday’s game.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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