Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch

Sep 18, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis (37) during the third period of the game against the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The injuries have seemingly just kept on coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning as of late. The team has been busy today preparing for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. As part of those preparations, Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced earlier via the Lightning’s Official Site that the organization has recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

As most of you know, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop suffered an undisclosed Upper Body Injury at some point during the second period of last night’s 4-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was announced earlier that the 6’7”, 214 pound goaltender was listed as Day-to-Day with an Upper Body Injury. This means that there is a possibility that Bishop may not be ready to go between the pipes tomorrow night against the Red Wings.

With Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback injured as well, this would leave goaltender Cedrick Desjardins all alone between the pipes.

Enter, Kristers Gudlevskis.

Gudlevskis was recalled on an emergency basis, which means that should Bishop not be ready to go when the time comes, Gudlevskis will be an available option to backup Desjardins.

Gudlevskis has been holding down the fort for Syracuse this season. He has already suited up for 22 games with the Syracuse Crunch. In that time, he has gone 11-8-2 with a GAA of 2.69 and a Save Percentage of .900.

The 6’4” 190 pound goaltender was also selected to represent Team Latvia in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that kicked off this week in Sochi, Russia. Men’s hockey competition doesn’t get going until February 12th, so Gudlevskis will have plenty of time to get to Sochi after Saturday’s game is completed.

Gudlevskis was drafted in the 5th Round, 124th Overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

What do you think of the move? Would you like to see him get the start between the pipes on Saturday night should Bishop not be ready to go? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.


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