Tampa Bay reassigned Gaunce to AHL Syracuse on Monday. The Lightning signed Zach Bogosian to a one-year deal Sunday, so they're no longer in need of Gaunce's services on the blue line. The 29-year-old Canadian will likely stick with Syracuse for the remainder of the campaign.
Gaunce set up two goals Saturday in a 7-3 loss to Arizona. The rarely used defender has put up at least one point in each of the three games he's dressed this season. Gaunce is an injury fill-in. Nice night, but that's about it.
Gaunce scored a goal on two shots, dished two hits and served two PIM in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche. Gaunce was in the lineup due to Braydon Coburn (undisclosed) being unavailable. The former made the most of his chance by netting his first goal since 2016-17. The 29-year-old Gaunce has a goal and an assist through two appearances but isn't likely to keep up that pace for long. He'll serve as defensive depth more often than not, but the Lightning are currently missing three regular defensemen.
The Lightning recalled Gaunce from AHL Syracuse on Friday. Ryan McDonagh is dealing with a lower-body injury, so Gaunce will be on hand as an insurance policy for Saturday's game against the Islanders. The 29-year-old blueliner has racked up 28 points in 47 AHL appearances this season.
Gaunce has cleared waivers and is headed to Syracuse of the AHL. Gaunce is insurance for the Bolts, but likely won't dress for the big club unless there are injuries in Tampa Bay.
Last 7 Games
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