Sateri made his NHL debut Tuesday against the Wild, stopping 13 of 14 shots in relief of an injured James Reimer.
It was a brief NHL debut for Sateri, as Reimer actually returned in the second period after leaving the game with an apparent head injury. Sateri has moved into the backup role with Roberto Luongo (groin) sidelined, but he's unlikely to see much action moving forward. Reimer has been lights-out of late and the injury Tuesday didn't appear to be serious. Sateri could be worth a look in the event Reimer is forced to miss time, but even then, the 27-year-old Finnish netminder has no NHL experience and isn't exactly putting up spectacular numbers in the AHL (2.76 GAA and .906 save percentage in 12 games played).
Sateri was recalled from AHL Springfield on Wednesday.
While there hasn't been any news given regarding the results of an MRI that Roberto Luongo underwent to inspect a groin injury, the recall of Sateri certainly doesn't bode well for Luongo. Fellow netminder James Reimer is expected to take the lion's share of work in goal for however long Luongo is sidelined, while Sateri will fill backup duties.
The Panthers claimed Antti Niemi off waivers Tuesday, who will serve as James Reimer's backup while starting netminder Roberto Luongo (thumb) is sidelined, so they're no longer in need of Sateri's services. He'll head back to the minors and return to his role as AHL Springfield's starting backstop.
Sateri was called up from AHL Springfield on Saturday.
With chief backstop Roberto Luongo (thumb) considered day-to-day ahead of the evening's road contest against the Capitals, the Panthers promoted Sateri as an insurance policy behind James Reimer, the team's normal backup. The Finnish tender with the cool, rhyming name hasn't made a single NHL appearance since the Sharks originally drafted him with a 2008 fourth-round pick, but he'd obviously be a better emergency option than, say, an equipment manager.
The Panthers have two starter-caliber netminders in Roberto Luongo and James Reimer on their roster, so Sateri was never expected to make the team out of camp. If he goes unclaimed, 27-year-old Finn will be assigned to AHL Springfield for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.