Poulin underwent surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap Wednesday, and will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks while recovering from the procedure, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Poulin has appeared in four games with AHL Stockton since being acquired by the Flames on Nov. 12, posting a 2-0-1 record with a 2.40 GAA and .918 in those contests. He'll return as AHL Stockton's primary goaltender once healthy.
The Flames acquired Poulin from the Lightning in exchange for future considerations on Thursday. The Flames have been plagued by awful goaltending this season, with Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller, and Joni Ortio all sporting goals-against averages well above 3.50 in 19 combined total appearances. While Poulin may not be the answer in net Calgary is looking for, he will at least provide the Flames with additional organizational depth at the position and another option in goal if things don't begin to improve. Poulin has played in 50 career NHL games with the Islanders, posting an 18-25-3 record with a 3.07 GAA and .899 save percentage in those contests. He will report to AHL Stockton to begin his season with the Flames organization.
Poulin has been recalled from AHL Syracuse, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. Poulin's exact role in the Tampa Bay organization is rather nebulous as he hasn't made any appearances for the Syracuse Crunch, nor has he been sent between the pipes for the Lightning this season. However, it appears that the team is viewing him as extra insurance with Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy being the primary options in goal for the Bolts this season.
Poulin cleared waivers Sunday and has been assigned to AHL Syracuse, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports. Poulin was placed on waivers Saturday as the Lightning decided to turn to Kristers Gudlevskis for the backup role instead. Poulin will now return to AHL Syracuse, and should serve as the team's starting netminder.
The Lightning placed Poulin on waivers Saturday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Tampa Bay recalled Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse on Friday, meaning the team is no longer in need of Poulin's services as a backup netminder. He will head to AHL Syracuse, where he will serve as the team's starting goaltender, at least until Andrei Vasilevskiy (neck) is healthy.
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