The Lighting reassigned McBain to AHL Syracuse on Friday.
McBain's demotion indicates Braydon Coburn (lower body) is probably closing in on a return to game action. The 29-year-old blueliner will likely remain in the minors unless Tampa Bay is once again in need of reinforcements at defense due to injury later this season.
McBain was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Monday.
McBain was brought up Saturday, sent down Sunday and brought up again Monday. Though the 28-year-old was called up previously, he has yet to play for Tampa this season, and only played three NHL games all of last year with Arizona.
McBain was sent down to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.
After serving as the emergency defensemen against San Jose on Saturday, McBain's services are no longer needed. The Minnesota native has yet to appear in an NHL game in 2017-18, but has scored 54 points in 85 contests in the minors over the last two seasons.
Tampa Bay recalled McBain from AHL Syracuse on Saturday.
Braydon Coburn won't dress for Saturday's matchup with San Jose due to a lower-body injury, so McBain will round out the Lightning's depth at defense against the Sharks. The 29-year-old blueliner has notched 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 21 games with AHL Syracuse this season.
McBain has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning.
McBain is a coveted right shot, but only saw action in three games with the lowly Coyotes last season. He did rack up 43 points, including eight goals, with their AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners. McBain is trying to resurrect a once-promising career as a second-unit NHL power-play guy, but is likely ticketed to start 2017-18 in the AHL. McBain does have 110 points in 348 career NHL games.
McBain was placed on waivers by Arizona on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
The 28-year-old defenseman hasn't registered a point or provided much fantasy value at the NHL level yet this season. If he clears waivers, he'll report to AHL Tucson.
McBain has offered little in terms of fantasy value through the first two games of the season despite averaging 2:25 of power-play ice time per night.
McBain's stat sheet is limited to two shots on goal, one blocked shot and a minus-2 rating. Owners shouldn't expect big things out of the 28-year-old despite his inclusion on the second power-play unit, considering he managed only nine points last season.
McBain will not play for the Kings in Monday night's road tilt at Chicago due to the birth of his child, Helene Elliot of the LA Times reports.
Although McBain will miss Monday night's game against the Blackhawks, this is likely not something that will keep him out of the lineup for very long. He could possibly return as soon as Tuesday night when the Kings play at St. Louis. Derek Forbort and Jeff Schultz could draw into the lineup as a result of McBain being out on Monday.
McBain was recalled by the Kings on Thursday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
With Matt Greene still day-to-day with an upper-body injury, McBain will provide the Kings with additional depth at defense in his absence. McBain tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in 26 games with the Kings last season.
McBain re-signed Friday with the Kings on a one-year, two-way contract, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
McBain bagged his third goal of the season -- and the 100th point of his career -- in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.McBain entered the lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, displacing Brayden McNabb. While the 26-year-old has been quietly effective in limited action with three goals and five assists in 17 games, the Kings don't seem quite willing to commit to him as a regular on defense. Perhaps the offense he provided in Thursday's defeat will lead to a multi-game stay in the lineup.
McBain notched two power-play assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
McBain will be signed by the Kings on Tuesday, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports.McBain's contract will reportedly be worth the league minimum, and the Kings will save cap space by waiting until Tuesday to sign him. He's expected to provide the team with blue line depth while Robyn Regehr (undisclosed) and Slava Voynov (suspension) are sidelined.
McBain signed a professional tryout contract Friday with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.McBain failed to win a roster spot during with tryout with the Coyotes in training camp, so he'll attempt to earn his way back to the NHL by showcasing his abilities for the Kings at Manchester. The 26-year-old tallied 17 points and a minus-13 rating over 69 games with the Sabres last season.
McBain has been released from his professional tryout offer with the Coyotes, USA Today reports.McBain was forced to settle for a PTO after interest was mild in the veteran blueliner during free agency. McBain was a regular skater for the Sabres last season with 69 appearances, but he'll likely struggle to find a squad desperate enough to give that much ice time in 2014-15.
The Sabres did not make a qualifying offer to McBain, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
McBain scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's season finale against the Islanders.McBain didn't come into the 2013-14 season with a ton of fantasy appeal and did little to change that by the end of the campaign, finishing with 17 points and a minus-13 rating over 69 games. He'll head into free agency this offseason.
McBain gathered two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Bruins.McBain continues to see frequent ice time for the Sabres, put his point totals (three goals, nine assists in 46 games) are still rather ordinary even by defenseman standards. Playing for the Sabres certainly doesn't help his plus/minus rating, making him a rather unattractive waiver wire pickup.
After appearing in every single Sabres game since November 30, McBain was a healthy scratch Tuesday against Washington.
McBain draws back into the lineup and will play on Buffalo's first power play unit as Nikita Zadorov sits for Thursday night's game against the Rangers.
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