Panthers recall McKenna & Kindl, reassign McKegg & Matheson

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

With the trade deadline now in the rear-view mirror, the Panthers have announced some roster moves for both their NHL and AHL clubs. Jakub Kindl has been recalled, Mike McKenna is now with the team on an emergency basis, and Greg McKegg and Mike Matheson have been reassigned to the Portland Pirates.

The Panthers acquired Jakub Kindl on Saturday from the Detroit Red Wings, and since he was playing for their AHL team at the time, he needed to be called up to the NHL to play. Kindl is expected to be in the Panthers’ lineup on Tuesday night with Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell, the two other acquisitions made on Saturday, when they face the Jets in Winnipeg.

Mike McKenna was called on an emergency basis after Al Montoya was run over yesterday in the 1st period by Marco Scandella of the Minnesota Wild:

Gerard Gallant said after yesterday’s game that Montoya is “fine,” so it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll miss any time. Nonetheless, the Panthers now have McKenna on the roster so he can serve as the backup if need be. McKenna is currently in his 9th season in the AHL, and he has 2.30 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, and a record of 25-11-2-1. From January 2nd until January 29th, McKenna won 15 of 16 starts including 13 straight which set a Portland Pirates franchise record. He’s played in just 22 NHL games, but only 7 since the 2008-09 season when he played 15 with the Lightning.

The Panthers also sent Mike Matheson and Greg McKegg back to the AHL while also “papering” Kyle Rau and Logan Shaw. NHL teams were required to place players on their AHL rosters by 3 PM today in order for them to be eligible to play in the rest of the season and the playoffs in the AHL. While Matheson and McKegg were sent back completely, Rau and Shaw were “papered,” essentially meaning they were sent down and then brought back. This allows them to be eligible to return to the AHL this season, but they’ll remain with the Panthers. Garrett Wilson is not eligible to return to the Pirates this season since he would’ve had to go through waivers to be “papered.”

Matheson played in 2 games with the Panthers since being called up and looked very good, especially yesterday when he was in the lineup against the Wild. He didn’t record any points, but he was solid defensively and did not look out of place at all. There’s no doubt he’ll be back with the Panthers at some point in the near future. Greg McKegg did an admirable job of stepping into the lineup with the injuries the Panthers have experienced as of late. He also didn’t record any points but he was reliable at both ends of the rink.

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