The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned center Nick Tarnasky to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Tarnasky, 24, has appeared in 22 games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal (the first of his career), an assist and 18 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta played in 12 games with the Lightning in 2005-06, recording an assist and four penalty minutes.
Tarnasky was selected by the Lightning in the ninth round, 287th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Vancouver, Kelowna and Lethbridge, recording 36 goals, 79 points and 197 penalty minutes in 150 games. He spent 2004-05 and 2005-06 in Springfield, tallying 21 goals, 40 points and 276 penalty minutes in 148 games.