Before tonight’s game against the Iowa Wild we have a roster move in play. The Milwaukee Admirals have reassigned Scott Darling to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Darling hasn’t played since 1/12/14 vs. Lake Erie due to a lower-body injury he sustained during team practice. He has been one of the better surprises this season. In December he earned the CCM/AHL Goalie of the Month and a weekly honor as the CCM/AHL’s Player of the Week. This season with the Admirals he has played in 15 games, won 8 games, picked up 3 shutouts, has a 2.18 GAA, and a 0.930 SV%.
I’ll certainly ask later tonight to see what this move is all about, but I have the feeling it is the equivalent to a rehab stint for Darling – who began his season in Cincinnati. He has been out of the lineup for a month with a lower-body injury and could use games in net to be properly brought up to speed. There isn’t any other news regarding Hannu Toivonen being released from his PTO – so I think it is safe to assume that Magnus Hellberg isn’t ready to return either – nor impacting the team’s decision to send Darling down.
UPDATE: Darling returned to game action tonight and came away with a 35 save shootout win (also stopping 5-7 in the shootout):
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If this is simply a matter of logging games before returning to Milwaukee – how long do you think it should take before we see Darling in an Admirals jersey?