TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Matt Taormina from the Syracuse Crunch today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Additionally, the club announced that defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been reassigned to Syracuse.
Taormina, 29, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, a 1-0 loss against the Florida Panthers on November 16. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound defenseman has appeared in 57 career NHL games, registering four goals and 12 points. Taormina ranks tied for second on the Crunch for points with 31. He leads all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points this season.
Koekkoek, 22, has appeared in four games with the Bolts this season, notching two penalty minutes and three shots on goal. He has also skated in 43 games with the Crunch this season, posting four goals and 12 points to go along with 22 penalty minutes. The Mountain, Ontario native has appeared in 115 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past two seasons, notching nine goals and 38 points. Last season, Koekkoek led all Syracuse defenders for points (26) and assists (21).