TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.
Gaunce, 28, was recalled by the Lightning on October 27 but did not play during the recall. He has skated in six games with the Crunch this season, recording a goal and two points to go along with nine penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound defenseman ranked second on Syracuse amongst defensemen for points prior to being recalled by the Bolts. He's recorded two points over his past three games for the Crunch.
The Sudbury, Ontario native has appeared in 32 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins over three seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 36 penalty minutes. Gaunce has also played in 541 career AHL games with the Crunch, Lake Erie Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates and Texas Stars, collecting 25 goals and 173 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.
Gaunce was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 50th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft.