Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Matt Taormina from the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
In light of the recent slew of injuries plaguing the Bolts right now, this comes as no surprise.
So far this season, the 27-year old defenseman has suited up for 13 games with the Crunch. In those 13 games, he has netted himself 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points. He currently has a total of 8 penalty minutes, one of the lower numbers on the team.
The young defenseman is currently leading the Crunch defensemen in points.
Tonight, should he take the ice, will be his first appearance for the Lightning this season. Last season, he skated in two games with the Bolts; however, he was unable to post a point in those two games.
In the American Hockey League, the 5’10’, 180 pound defenseman has played for the Albany Devils and Binghamton Senators, spending one season with the Senators and to with the Devils, in addition to his time with the Crunch.
As far as his NHL play is concerned, between his two seasons with the New Jersey Devils and one and counting with the Lightning, he has played a total of 49 NHL games earning a total of 4 goals and 8 assists.
Taormina was undrafted and was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 6, 2012.
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