Ravaged by injury at forward, Tampa Bay is relying more than ever on its AHL affiliate in Syracuse.
On Monday, the club announced that Joel Vermin and Yanni Gourde have been recalled from the Crunch.
(Yes, those are real names.)
Johnson, who missed Saturday’s game against Washington, is expected to miss at least three more with what’s been classified as a re-aggravation of his upper-body injury. It’s the same ailment that hampered him throughout November.
Palat, who only recent returned from an ankle injury that cost him five weeks, re-injured the ankle against the Caps (when T.J. Oshie fell and landed on him) and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Drouin, who like Johnson missed this weekend’s tilt against Washington, is dealing with a lower-body injury. Drouin had previously missed 11 games with an “undisclosed” injury, suffered in late October.
With all these guys out, head coach Jon Cooper has been forced to go with a number of different lineups recently.