PORTLAND – The roster rotation between the Phoenix Coyotes and Portland Pirates continued on Wednesday as defensemen David Rundblad and Michael Stone flipped playing locations.
Rundblad was recalled by the Coyotes, while Stone was assigned to Portland.
While Coyotes’ Asst. GM Brad Treliving didn’t comment directly on Stone’s assignment to Portland, he did speak to the Coyotes’ plan on keeping several of its young defensemen on it NHL roster over the course of the season.
“We have a few young defensemen that we want to continue to rotate through (Phoenix) and keep them all playing,” he said.
However, once the Coyotes reach the NHL trade deadline, they’ll need to make a decision on who makes the Coyotes roster until the playoffs begin due to the rules in the new NHL collective bargaining agreement.
Rundblad, who is on his third recall to the Coyotes since the end of the NHL labor dispute, joins defenseman Chris Summers, who was recalled from Portland last week. Rundblad was in the Pirates lineup for their last two games, recording a pair of assists. On Monday, he posted a plus-4 rating as the Pirates earned a 5-2 victory over the Providence Bruins.
Stone is back with the Pirates after appearing in 10 games with the Coyotes. In 33 games with Portland, Stone has six goals, 22 assists for 28 points.
The Pirates made a couple roster moves on Tuesday by reassigning forward Evan Bloodoff back to the Pirates’ ECHL affiliate, Gwinnett Gladiators, and releasing veteran defenseman Bryce Lampman from his professional tryout agreement.
Bloodoff, who was recalled by the Pirates back on Jan. 10, has played eight games for the Pirates, going scoreless this season and had been a healthy scratch the last three games for Portland. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound forward has 12 goals, 13 assists for 25 points in 33 games with the Gladiators.
Lampman, a former fourth round draft pick of the New York Rangers and veteran of 394 AHL games, appeared in eight games with Portland where he went scoreless with a minus-6 rating. The 30-year-old defenseman played 21 games with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL where he scored 12 points (3g, 9a) with a minus-17 rating.