Defenseman Dmitry Korobov has been reassigned to Syracuse. He was a healthy scratch Monday night. It is assumed that his return to the AHL means that either Radko Gudas or Keith Aulie are ready to return to the Lightning's lineup. Gudas missed Monday's game against the New York Rangers after suffering an upper body injury during Friday's game at Anaheim. Aulie has been out with an upper body injury since November 12th when the Bolts were hurt through several injuries in their loss to the Boston Bruins
With Gudas out of the lineup, and only six healthy defensemen on the roster, Korobov was recalled for insurance purposes..
The press release from the club can be found below.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Dmitry Korobov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Korobov, 24, made his NHL debut with the Lightning against the Los Angeles Kings on November 19, recording one hit and 13:21 minutes of ice time. He was just recently recalled by the Lightning, along with Nikita Kucherov, on November 24. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defenseman has skated in 15 games with Syracuse this season, posting six assists and 15 penalty minutes. He ranks first on the Crunch with a plus-7 rating.
The Novopolotsk, Belarus native has appeared in 80 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, recording three goals and 28 points. Last season he ranked second in the AHL among rookies with a plus-20 rating. Korobov helped lead Syracuse to the 2013 Calder Cup Final, recording a goal and two points in 17 games.