As if getting Viktor Arvidsson back wasn’t enough. How about this piece of news ahead of tonight’s game against the Rockford IceHogs? The Nashville Predators have assigned Anthony Bitetto to the Milwaukee Admirals on a conditioning assignment. Perhaps that explains yesterday’s other news that saw three players head to the ECHL.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (October 24, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has sent defenseman Anthony Bitetto to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
Bitetto, 25 (7/15/90), has suited up for one game with the Predators this season – his eighth career NHL contest (all with Nashville). A season ago, the 2010 sixth-round selection ranked second among Admirals defensemen in points (4g-26a-30pts) while appearing in 70 of the team’s 76 games.
The Nashville Predators take on the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday for their final home game before embarking on a four-game road trip (7 p.m., FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). The first 16,000 fans wearing Gold on Saturday will receive a Terry Crisp Halloween Mask as part of the club’s “Golden Saturdays” campaign. Saturday nights are also McDonald’s Family Four nights in Smashville. Fans who purchase a McDonald’s Family Four Pack receive four upper-level tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi products and four McDonald’s specialty items starting at just $129. Limited tickets are still available by calling 615-770-7800.
How long is a conditioning assignment you ask? Well, courtesy of our ol’ friends at On The Forecheck from two-years ago, here is an answer:
13.8 Conditioning Loan. Unless a Player consents, he shall not be Loaned on a Conditioning Loan to a minor league club. Such Conditioning Loan shall not extend for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days. The Commissioner may take whatever steps he deems necessary to investigate the circumstances under which a Player is Loaned on a Conditioning Loan. If the Commissioner has reason to believe or determines that the Club has used the Conditioning Loan to evade the Re-Entry Waivers, or otherwise Circumvent any provision of this Agreement, he may take such disciplinary action against the Club, as he deems appropriate. The Player shall continue, during the period of such Conditioning Loan, to receive the same Paragraph 1 NHL Salary, and be entitled to the same benefits, that he would have received had he continued to play with the Club.
In short, Bitetto gets two-weeks (fourteen consecutive days) to be a member of the Admirals. By waiting until today to make this move it ensures that Bitetto can be with the Admirals on conditioning assignment until November 7th. That means Bitetto is eligible to play the next 7 games of the Admirals season. Were this move made yesterday? He’d be a game less off here at the AHL level.