The key player in the Tampa Bay Lightning's late flurry of trade deadline deals Monday, defenseman Keith Aulie, will join the team in time for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.
Aulie, one of three defensemen general manager Steve Yzerman dealt for in the hours before the trade deadline, was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Wednesday. Additionally, forwards Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Trevor Smith, along with defenseman Evan Oberg were reassigned to the Admirals.
Yzerman was willing to give up top forward prospect Carter Ashton,20, to acquire Aulie, 22, from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Aulie (6-foot-6, 217 pounds) played in 17 games with the Maple Leafs this season, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes. He has played in 57 career NHL games, scoring two goals and four points to go along with 48 penalty minutes.
Aulie also has skated in 107 career AHL games with the Toronto Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, posting five goals and 16 points. He represented the Marlies at the 2011 AHL All-Star game.