TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Cory Conacher from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday.
Conacher, 26, has played in four games with the Crunch this season, posting two goals and five points to go along with eight penalty minutes. He ranks second on Syracuse for points and is tied for the team lead with three assists. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward has appeared in 170 career AHL games, recording 69 goals and 158 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 141 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 traded by the Lightning, along with a 2013 fourth-round draft pick, to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop on April 3, 2013.
Conacher was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 13, 2016.