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July 19, 2018 11:24 AM
Michael Blunden: Bound for Europe
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden secured a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (EBEL).

Since being drafted by the Blackhawks with the 43rd overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, Blunden has split time between the NHL and AHL for the past 13 seasons. Despite decent minor-league numbers (45 points in 112 games), the winger only saw action in three games for Ottawa over the past two years. The Toronto native will now head overseas to continue his professional career.

February 9, 2018 10:32 PM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was reassigned to AHL Belleville on Friday.

Blunden drew into one game for the Senators in his time with the team earlier this season, but failed to make an impact on the box score. He doesn't have a lengthy record of service time at the top level and it's safe to say he's unlikely to enter the fantasy conversation given his current career path.

February 8, 2018 11:56 AM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Returns to Senators
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was recalled to Ottawa on Thursday.

This is strictly a depth move for the Senators, as Mark Stone (knee), Derick Brassard (undisclosed) and Nate Thompson (lower body) will not play against Nashville. Blunden hasn't produced anything in two appearances this year for Ottawa, making him all but irrelevant in terms of fantasy, unless you really need to gamble with a cheap option in a daily situation.

February 28, 2017 09:40 PM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Sent back to AHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Tuesday.

Blunden was ticketed back to the minors with Mike Hoffman having returned from a lower-body injury as well as the Senators acquiring Alex Burrows from Vancouver in an early trade Monday. Blunden has made a habit of shuffling between an organization's ranks each season, making him rather useless in the fantasy realm.

February 25, 2017 11:15 AM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Springs back to Senators
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was promoted to the Senators from AHL Binghamton on Saturday.

It's always interesting to see which players an organization turns to when injuries strike. Blunden enters the picture as a 30-year-old journeyman with only 125 NHL games under his belt. Still, the parent club is dealing with maladies to power-play weapons Mike Hoffman (lower body) and Mark Stone (neck), so the extra depth is vital.

November 12, 2016 10:22 AM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Heads to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was sent down to AHL Binghamton on Saturday.

Blunden was aggressive in his season debut Wednesday, racking up five hits in just 9:37 of ice time. He's very much an organizational depth option, having appeared in a mere 125 NHL games over parts of nine seasons and running.

November 9, 2016 02:09 PM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Called up from AHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was recalled from the minors Wednesday.

Blunden has yet to make his Senators debut after signing with the club during the offseason. The 29-year-old has registered three goals and one assist in his first nine AHL games. It is unclear if the winger will slot into the lineup against Buffalo on Wednesday, but even if he does, his lack of production in the majors makes him a risky fantasy option.

October 5, 2016 03:18 PM
Senators' Michael Blunden: No roster spot leads to AHL Binghamton
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was assigned to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Blunden will have to officially go through waivers Thursday in order to be sent down. It's not an overly surprising move by the Sens, but disappointing for the 29-year-old. The winger has struggled to find a home over the span of his career, appearing with Chicago, Columbus, Montreal and Tampa Bay over nine years.

July 1, 2016 05:50 PM
Senators' Michael Blunden: Inks two-year deal with Ottawa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Friday.

Blunden appeared in 20 games with the Lightning last season, notching five points (three goals, two assists) while averaging just 8:39 of ice time. The 6-foot-4 winger also appeared in 49 games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in 2015-16, tallying a respectable 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) over that span. The 2005 second-round pick will likely once again split time between the AHL and NHL with his new club in 2016-17.

May 3, 2016 07:05 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Back in action Tuesday
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Blunden (upper body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to Tampa Bay's lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.

Blunden averaged a mere 5:56 of ice time over five games during the Lightning's first-round series against Detroit, severely limiting his value in daily contests and playoff pools. The veteran winger will slot into a bottom-six role Tuesday, skating alongside Jonathan Marchessault and Vladislav Namestnikov on Tampa Bay's fourth line.

April 27, 2016 11:31 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't suit up for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Islanders, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Blunden's absence won't have any impact on fantasy owners' lineups, as the 29-year-old winger failed to tally a single point while averaging just 5:56 of ice time over five games during Tampa Bay's first-round series against Detroit. The Lightning should provide an update on the 2005 second-round pick's status once he's ready to return to game action.

March 12, 2016 08:07 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Promoted to parent club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunded was recalled by the Lightning on Saturday.

Cedric Paquette is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and may not be available for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets. Blunden was recalled Saturday in order to supply Tampa Bay with additional depth at forward in case Paquette is ultimately unable to go against Columbus. The 29-year-old winger will likely be returned to the minors as soon as Paquette is healthy.

December 28, 2015 04:46 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Reassigned to AHL Syracuse
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden is returning to AHL Syracuse on Monday.

Blunden will be disappointed to return to Syracuse after notching a goal and an assist against Columbus. It has been a decent stint in Tampa Bay this time around, scoring four points in seven games. The winger will hope to bring his productivity to Syracuse where he has tallied nine points in 20 outings this year.

December 16, 2015 02:36 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Tallies first goal of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden scored his first NHL goal since the 2011-12 season against Toronto on Tuesday.

Blunden has spent most of the last two season with AHL Syracuse and has just Tuesday's lone point in five games with the Lightning this year. The 29-year-old will need to step up his production if he hopes to hang around once Tampa Bay gets healthy.

December 12, 2015 11:52 AM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Recalled from AHL on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden has been recalled from the minors, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Blunden's call-up is a response to reports that star forward Tyler Johnson (undisclosed) will miss at least a week. At 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, Blunden has ideal size though he hasn't made much of an impact in the NHL, despite Chicago selecting him with a second-round pick in 2005. In fact, Blunden has just eight points in 106 career games at hockey's highest level of competition.

November 22, 2015 11:39 AM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Reassigned to AHL Syracuse
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.

Blunden registered zero points on three shots in two games and about 13 minutes of action with Tampa Bay. He'll head back to Syracuse where he figures to see more use.

November 15, 2015 06:41 PM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Recalled by Lightning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Sunday.

Blunden will join Jonathan Marchessault as the two forwards joining the Lightning ranks Sunday. It's possible a couple of the forwards are dealing with some minor issues, and Blunden will provide some depth.

November 11, 2015 11:51 AM
Lightning's Michael Blunden: Reassigned to AHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.

Blunden didn't see any action after being recalled from the AHL on Monday, and he'll now return to AHL Syracuse. The move leaves the Lightning with just 12 healthy forwards, but it wouldn't be surprising if the club recalls another in advance of Thursday's game against the Flames.

July 10, 2015 09:56 AM
Blunden signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Monday, reports the team's official website.He's a big boy at 6-4 and 216, but his return to the NHL will be a tough one given the depth of forwards on the big club. He has 104 NHL games under his belt including two last season, but is ticketed for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Monday, reports the team's official website.He's a big boy at 6-4 and 216, but his return to the NHL will be a tough one given the depth of forwards on the big club. He has 104 NHL games under his belt including two last season, but is ticketed for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

June 1, 2015 04:21 PM
Blunden is expected to require season-ending knee surgery, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.In an organization ripe with young talent at forward, the knee injury will only further hinder Blunden's chances of eventually making an impact with the Bolts. He's produced 13 goals and 22 points over 33 games this season for Syracuse.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blunden is expected to require season-ending knee surgery, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.In an organization ripe with young talent at forward, the knee injury will only further hinder Blunden's chances of eventually making an impact with the Bolts. He's produced 13 goals and 22 points over 33 games this season for Syracuse.