McKenna was traded to the Lightning on Wednesday, with the Panthers receiving Adam Wilcox in return, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This will actually be McKenna's second stint with the Lightning, as he played 15 games for the team back during the 2008-09 season. The Missouri native could provide some veteran leadership in the goalie corps should the Bolts not re-sign Peter Budaj, but McKenna is not expected to become a regular starter anytime soon.
McKenna was reassigned to AHL Springfield on Friday. With Roberto Luongo cleared to return, McKenna was required to be sent back to the minors under the emergency recall rules. The 33-year-old was not pressed into action Thursday with James Reimer playing the entire game against Boston. It will likely take another injury for McKenna to find himself back with the Panthers this season.
McKenna was called up Thursday on an emergency basis from the minors. McKenna will provide depth at the goalie position after Roberto Luongo (undisclosed) picked up an injury. If Luongo is unable to give it a go, the 33-year-old McKenna will serve as the backup against Boston on Thursday.
McKenna was sent down to AHL Portland on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. McKenna's brief stint with Florida comes to an end with just one backup appearance. With the Pirates this year, the 32-year-old has been on top of his game, as he's logged a 2.30 GAA and .922 save percentage in 40 contests. A journeyman netminder, it is unlikely McKenna will see any game time in the majors this season barring injury.
McKenna was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Dec. 21. McKenna went 3-0 last week, conceding three goals on 80 shots (.963 save percentage). After a slow start to the season, he's up to 11-7-1 on the season with a 2.53 goals against average and a .901 save percentage this season and has won each of his last five starts.
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