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Tampa Bay Lightning recall defenseman

Jan 6, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) controls the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg (78) during the third period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

As the Tampa Bay Lightning embark on a five-game road trip that will take them out west for four games, they added some depth to their defensive ranks as they recalled rookie Emil Lilleberg from the Syracuse Crunch.

This wasn’t an unexpected move for the Bolts and general manager Julien BriseBois hinted at it during his post-trade deadline news conference when he announced that Lilleberg and Max Crozier had been assigned to Syracuse. With this as an expected move, it could explain why the Crunch acquired a left-handed defenseman at the AHL trade deadline as well.

Lilleberg played in two games with the Crunch during his brief sojourn in Syracuse, scoring one goal, a game-winner against Rochester.

The Norwegian’s first stint with the Lightning had its ups and downs as he looked like a solid option for the future at times and like a 23-year-old rookie at others. He could be in the line-up tonight after Haydn Fleury missed the final half of the third period against the New York Rangers.

While the Lightning announced it as a recall, some sites, like CapFriendly, have announced it as an emergency recall. Following the trade deadline, teams are limited to just four normal recalls through the end of the regular season. Emergency recalls do not count against that total. While the Lightning aren’t likely to burn up their four recalls over the final month of the season, it is something to keep an eye on.

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