The Arizona Coyotes announced today that they had recalled Niklas Treutle from the Springfield Falcons, the team's AHL affiliate. The move comes after an injury to Anders Lindback yesterday prior to Arizona's game against Montreal.
Treutle was signed by the Coyotes last summer after it appeared that Louis Domingue would pursue opportunities in Europe instead of in the Coyotes system. But Domingue came back, and that left Arizona with a minor league rotation of Treutle, Domingue, and Marek Langhamer.
In 26 games with the Falcons, Treutle is 9-11-3, with two shutouts, a .909 save percentage, and a 2.91 GAA. Langhamer and non-Coyotes prospect Tyler Beskorowany are the tandem in the AHL for now.
Arizona's move suggests that Lindback's injury is not necessarily a minor one, considering Arizona does not play again until Thursday night against the Dallas Stars. Regardless, Treutle's call-up is likely temporary, especially if Lindback's injury is not too serious and/or Mike Smith returns to action later this season.
But if Lindback is out long-term, Treutle may get a chance to showcase his skills. The Coyotes have two road back-to-backs over the next month, including one against the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning next week. Domingue will get the lion's share of reps, but Treutle may get a game or two so as not to wear down the young Coyotes goaltender.
We will update this story if more news about Lindback's condition becomes available.
UPDATE: Per General Manager Don Maloney, it appears that Lindback's injury is an Achilles' tendon injury, which will require surgery, which would mean a long-term absence. It seems highly likely that Treutle will be with Arizona until Mike Smith's return.