Blum, Dekanich Called Up, Lindback Sent To Milwaukee

By Amanda DiPaolo

What was discovered last night by Buddy Oakes of and further analyzed this morning in a must-read story by Jeremy Gover over at, is now official.

Lindback has been sent to Milwaukee, likely to get some playing time (Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have announced Jonathon Blum and Mark Dekanich have been called-up to Nashville. Anders Lindback has been sent down, likely to get some playing time with the Admirals.

Here are the press releases with this morning’s news:


Nashville, Tenn. (February 22, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jonathon Blum from Milwaukee (AHL). This is Blum’s first career recall, and he is the 18th Nashville draft pick to appear on the team’s roster this season, surpassing the previous record of 17 set in 2009-10. His expected appearance in the lineup on Tuesday night will mean every Nashville first-round pick from 1998 (David Legwand) to 2007 will have played in the NHL. Blum was selected 23rd overall in the 2007 Entry Draft.

Blum, 22 (1/30/89), is tied for ninth among AHL defensemen, and tied for second on the Admirals in points with 34 (8g-26a). He scored Milwaukee’s only goal in last night’s game vs. Texas, his sixth power-play marker, good for third among League blueliners, and recently reeled off a nine-game point streak (1g-8a) from Jan. 15-Feb. 9, second longest by a defender behind only teammate and 2008 second-round pick of the Predators Roman Josi, who is currently riding a 13-game streak (5g-9a). Now in his second professional season, the former Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year with the Vancouver Giants (WHL) was the first California-born and raised player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

Dekanich and Lindback

Nashville, Tenn. (February 22, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned rookie goaltender Anders Lindback (AHN-dehrs LIND-bahck) to Milwaukee (AHL) and recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich (MAHRK DEH-kuh-nihtch) from the Admirals.

Dekanich, 24 (5/10/86), will be making his fourth appearance on the Predators roster this season. He spent a week with the team from Oct. 10-17 and made his NHL debut on Dec. 18 vs. Los Angeles during his second recall, stopping 22-of-25 shots in 50 minutes of action. He spent 24 hours on the roster this past weekend, but did not dress for a game. A 2011 AHL All-Star, Dekanich is tied for third in the American League save percentage (.929), ranked fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and is tied for sixth in wins (20).

Lindback, 22 (5/3/88), has posted a 10-5-2 record, a .914 save percentage, a 2.58 goals-against average and a pair of shutouts for the Predators in 2010-11, his first season in North America. This is the Gavle, Sweden’s first assignment to the Admirals.

Tonight, Nashville takes on the Blue Jackets in Columbus before returning home to face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.


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