As expected with the return of Jason Arnott and Jerred Smithson and the probable return of Jordin Tootoo on Thursday, the Predators sent Andreas Thuresson back to Milwaukee. Thuresson has proven the ability to play at the NHL level and will return as the need arises later in the season.
When Tootoo's health is confirmed, look for Nick Spalling to also head hack to the Admirals. His stock really increased in his time in Nashville and is a valuable asset as a two way, penalty-killing gritty player to the organization.
Here is the full release from the Predators...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS REASSIGN FORWARD ANDREAS THURESSON TO MILWAUKEE
Nashville, Tenn. (January 19, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward Andreas Thuresson to Milwaukee (AHL).
Thuresson, 21 (11/18/87), appeared in 11 games during his third career recall, which began Dec. 26 vs. Chicago. The Kristianstad, Sweden native scored his first career goal in the third period of a New Year's Eve win at Columbus. The goal, scored at 12:39 of the third period, forced overtime. In 21 games for the Predators in 2009-10, the 6-1, 212-pound winger has three points (1g-2a) while averaging 10:10 of ice time. In 20 games with the Admirals, he has 13 points (6g-7a).
The Predators hit the road for four straight games starting Thursday night in Phoenix (8 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 104.5 The Zone). The trip continues with games in Colorado (Friday), Columbus (Jan. 26) and Detroit (Jan. 29). Nashville next hits Sommet Center ice on Jan. 30 when it kicks off a four-game homestand by hosting the Atlanta Thrashers, the team’s closest geographical rival (7 p.m.). Tickets to all four games during the homestand against Atlanta, Phoenix (Feb. 2), Colorado (Feb. 4) and San Jose (Feb. 6), and all other regular season contests are on sale and can be purchased by logging onto nashvillepredators.com. Tickets are also available by calling (615) 770-PUCK and at all Ticketmaster locations.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass