TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Mike Blunden to the Syracuse Crunch today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Blunden, 28, was recalled by the Lightning on November 9 and was a healthy scratch for last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. He has skated in 10 games with the Crunch this season, posting three goals and five points to go along with eight penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound forward ranks tied for second on Syracuse for goals and is tied for fifth for points. He has played in 420 career AHL games over his 11-year pro career, recording 99 goals and 214 points.
The Toronto, Ontario, native has appeared in 104 career NHL games, including two with the Lightning last season. Blunden registered two penalty minutes and seven hits in a pair of Lightning games in 2014-15. Blunden set career-highs for games played (40), goals (two), assists (two) and points (four) during the 2009-10 season while with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Blunden was originally signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 1, 2014. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Draft.