Bass (lower body) was called up from AHL Milwaukee on Wednesday. Bass was expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in January, but it looks like he's ready to go. Not exactly a prolific scorer, he's registered just five points in 75 career NHL contests, but the 30-year-old would add some grit to the Preds' lineup if he were to get on the ice.
Bass, who had been playing for AHL Milwaukee -- a minor-league affiliate of the Predators -- will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury that required surgery. Bass was scoreless in nine games with the Preds this season, and the physical pivot was on the scoresheet for a mere four points in 13 AHL contests. He has one year left on his standard two-way contract before he'll become an unrestricted free agent.
Bass was waived by the Predators on Wednesday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. Predators general manager David Poile has been busy trimming the fat on the roster, waiving Bass and defenseman Matt Carle. Even when healthy, Bass, who likely would head to AHL Milwaukee in the event that he goes unclaimed, simply didn't play enough -- 6:46 of ice time average -- so fantasy owners are advised to fish for centers in a different pond.
Bass did not play Thursday against the Senators, marking the second time in the last four games he has served as a healthy scratch. Bass was known primarily as an enforcer during his time in the AHL the past two seasons (249 PIM in 99 combined games), so his value in the NHL has rapidly been decreasing as the 'tough guy' type has slowly been disappearing from the league. He maintains little to no fantasy value in most standard formats at the present time.
Bass (upper body) was taken off injured reserve Tuesday and will suit up against Colorado, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Bass has logged just two games so far this season and averaged just under seven minutes of ice time in those contests. When he is on the ice, the veteran could be classified as an enforcer as evident by his 84 PIM for AHL Milwaukee last season. The winger has not scored a point in an NHL game since 2011-12 when he was with Columbus, so it may be best to pursue other fantasy options.
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