TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Cory Conacher from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Wednesday. In addition, defenseman Luke Witkowski was reassigned to the Crunch.
Conacher, 26, made his 2016-17 debut with the Lightning on October 29 at the New Jersey Devils. He recorded one shot on goal in 13:26 of ice time. In seven games with the Crunch this season, Conacher has posted four goals and 15 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth on Syracuse for assists with 11 and is fifth for points.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward has appeared in 184 career AHL games, recording 71 goals and 168 points. Conacher set career highs during the 2011-12 AHL season, posting 39 goals and 80 points in 75 games with the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning's top affiliate at the time. That season, Conacher led the Admirals to a Calder Cup Championship and was awarded the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL's regular season MVP.
The Burlington, Ontario native has skated in 142 career NHL games with three different teams over three seasons, posting 19 goals and 58 points to go along with 84 penalty minutes. He had his most successful NHL stint with the Bolts during the 2012-13 season, recording nine goals and 24 points in 35 games. In his first six NHL games while playing for the Lightning, Conacher collected five goals and 12 points.
Conacher was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 13, 2016.