The Lightning assigned Nieves to AHL Syracuse on Friday. Nieves signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Tuesday and was subsequently waived for the purpose of reassignment. The 26-year-old forward has accrued 76 games of NHL experience over the past four campaigns, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him join the Lightning's taxi squad at some point this season, but he'll head to the minors for now.
The Lightning waived Nieves on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Nieves just signed a one-year, two-way deal with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, so he'll likely be assigned to the team's taxi squad assuming he clears waivers. The 26-year-old forward spent most of the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Hartford, picking up 27 points in 43 games.
Nieves signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Tuesday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Nieves skated with the Lightning during training camp while on a PTO, and he's now an honest member of the franchise. The 26-year-old center spent last season in the Rangers' system, and he posted 27 points over 43 games with AHL Hartford. Nieves will add depth up the middle for Tampa Bay this year, but he may end up spending a bulk of his time in his hometown with AHL Syracuse.
Nieves agreed to a professional tryout with Tampa Bay on Friday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Nieves was selected by the Rangers with the 59th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft but has struggled to maintain a regular spot in the NHL. Last year, the 26-year-old center managed just four appearances with New York in which he registered two shots, four PIM and three hits while averaging 7:32 of ice time. If the Bolts do part ways with Tyler Johnson, the extra cap space could open up a roster spot for Nieves, though the taxi squad may be in his future.
Nieves was demoted to the minors Friday. Nieves logged a mere 5:19 of ice time versus Columbus on Thursday, so it shouldn't come as a shock to see him bound for the AHL. The center's demotion could be an indication that Greg McKegg (lower body) is nearing a return to the lineup. The 25-year-old Nieves should remain atop the list of potential call-ups for the remainder of the year.
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