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SAN JOSE - The Sharks have recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from Worcester and reassigned forward Adam Burish to their AHL affiliate on Sunday.
Tennyson has six points (3g, 3a) and eight penalty minutes in 17 games with Worcester this season. The 24-year-old has not played an NHL game since 2012-13, when he appeared in four games with the Sharks, posting a pair of assists.
The Minneapolis native posted 21 points (7g, 14a) and 33 penalty minutes in 54 games for Worcester last season. He was first in goals and second in points among the team's defensemen.
The Sharks are now carrying eight defensemen, but Tennyson could get in right away due to his right-handed shot. The Sharks traded righty Jason Demers to Dallas in exchange for lefty Brenden Dillon on Friday, and on Saturday against the Coyotes, lefties Mirco Mueller and Scott Hannan skated as the team’s third defense pair.
Just like Demers before he was dealt, Hannan and Matt Irwin have struggled to give the Sharks consistent minutes, so it’s fair to wonder about the future of one or both of those blueliners if the Sharks decide to play Tennyson.
Burish was placed on waivers on Friday but went unclaimed, likely in large part to his $1.85 million salary through 2015-16. The 31-year-old has three points (1g, 2a) and 33 penalty minutes in 20 games.
San Jose hosts Calgary on Wednesday.