Through nine games this season for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, heavy-hitting forward Mike Blunden has four points and 14 penalty minutes.
Now, he’s potentially getting a chance to bring those services to the NHL.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon by Ken Warren that Blunden has been recalled by the Ottawa Senators, presumably to replace a ‘banged-up’ Chris Neil. If Neil is able to play in the team’s next game, the call-up forward will sit; if Neil is still injured when the Senators take on the Buffalo Sabres, then Blunden will draw in.
Drafted 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005, the Toronto, Ontario native has spent the last decade moving around the NHL and skating up and down between the majors and minors. He’s spent time with the Blackhawks, the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, moving to the Senators’ system this summer as a free agent.
The Senators are coming off of a disappointing game against the Nashville Predators, dropping a 3-1 decision in what new head coach Guy Boucher referred to as the ‘worst of the season’. The hope will be that they’ll be able to turn it around this evening, as the club looks to improve on their current 7-5-0 record.
The Senators and the Sabres will face off this evening at 7:30 PM EST. Goaltender Mike Condon will get the nod, as the Atlantic Division clubs each look to take home yet another win.