TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Desjardins, 27, appeared in his first NHL game of the season last Saturday night in the Lightning's 4-3 loss against the Montreal Canadiens. Making his first start since the 2010-11 season, Desjardins made 25 saves on 29 shots. The Edmundston, New Brunswick native has played in three career NHL games, all with the Lightning, compiling a record of 2-1-0 to go along with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
The 6-foot, 192-pound goaltender has appeared in 28 AHL games this season with the Crunch and Hamilton Bulldogs, compiling a record of 11-5-2 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Since being acquired from the Canadiens on February 14, Desjardins has notched a record of 4-2-0 with a 1.85 goals-against average and .928 save percentage including two shutouts with Syracuse. He posted back-to-back shutouts with the Crunch on February 23 and 24. He ranks tied for sixth in the AHL in shutouts.