Blunden was sent down to AHL Binghamton on Saturday. Blunden was aggressive in his season debut Wednesday, racking up five hits in just 9:37 of ice time. He's very much an organizational depth option, having appeared in a mere 125 NHL games over parts of nine seasons and running.
Blunden was recalled from the minors Wednesday. Blunden has yet to make his Senators debut after signing with the club during the offseason. The 29-year-old has registered three goals and one assist in his first nine AHL games. It is unclear if the winger will slot into the lineup against Buffalo on Wednesday, but even if he does, his lack of production in the majors makes him a risky fantasy option.
Blunden was assigned to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Blunden will have to officially go through waivers Thursday in order to be sent down. It's not an overly surprising move by the Sens, but disappointing for the 29-year-old. The winger has struggled to find a home over the span of his career, appearing with Chicago, Columbus, Montreal and Tampa Bay over nine years.
Blunden signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Friday. Blunden appeared in 20 games with the Lightning last season, notching five points (three goals, two assists) while averaging just 8:39 of ice time. The 6-foot-4 winger also appeared in 49 games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in 2015-16, tallying a respectable 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) over that span. The 2005 second-round pick will likely once again split time between the AHL and NHL with his new club in 2016-17.
Blunden (upper body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to Tampa Bay's lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Blunden averaged a mere 5:56 of ice time over five games during the Lightning's first-round series against Detroit, severely limiting his value in daily contests and playoff pools. The veteran winger will slot into a bottom-six role Tuesday, skating alongside Jonathan Marchessault and Vladislav Namestnikov on Tampa Bay's fourth line.
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