The Predators signed Ingram to a three-year contract extension Monday. Ingram has been brilliant at the AHL level this season, recording a 1.92 GAA and .933 save percentage alongside a 21-5-5 record. The 22-year-old netminder seems primed to compete for a spot on the NHL roster, and he could get that opportunity soon; both Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros are set to become free agents following next season.
Nashville reassigned Ingram to AHL Milwaukee on Thursday. Pekka Rinne (illness) is expected to be available for Thursday's clash with Calgary, so the Predators are no longer in need of Ingram's services as a backup. The 22-year-old netminder will return to his role as Milwaukee's starter, where he's compiled an 18-5-5 record while posting an impressive 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage this year.
The Predators recalled Ingram from AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports. Pekka Rinne is dealing with an illness ahead of Tuesday's game versus the Senators, and although he was expected to be ready, Ingram was called up to add depth to the team's crease. The 22-year-old Ingram has been fantastic in the minors this season, recording a .931 save percentage, 1.98 GAA and 18-5-5 record. If Rinne ends up sitting out, Juuse Saros is expected to start and Ingram would work as the backup.
The Lightning traded Ingram to the Predators in exchange for a 2021 seventh-round pick Friday. Ingram was a third-round selection by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL Draft, so the Predators are getting decent value here. Given Nashville's organizational depth, Ingram could struggle to earn minutes with AHL Milwaukee and may find himself still playing down in the ECHL, where he finished the 2018-19 campaign. With the Solar Bears, the 22-year-old went 8-2-0 with a 2.81 GAA.
The Lightning reassigned Ingram to AHL Syracuse on Sunday. The 21-year-old didn't make his NHL debut during this stint, so he'll look to continue his development in Syracuse. He's had a solid AHL season with a .918 save percentage in 10 games, posting a 7-3-0 record.
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