Syracuse Crunch roster starting to take shape

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltenders Scott Wedgewood and Spencer Martin, as well as forward Chris Mueller, to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Wedgewood, 26, appeared in 48 games with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League during the 2018-19 season, posting a record of 28-14-2 to go along with a 2.68 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He ranked second in the AHL for both wins and shutouts (five). He set career highs last year for games played, wins and shutouts. The Brampton, Ontario native also played in three 2019 Calder Cup Playoff games.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound goaltender has appeared in 164 career AHL games over seven seasons with the Americans, Binghamton Devils, Ontario Reign and Albany Devils, compiling an 81-51-12 record to go along with a 2.47 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Wedgewood has also made 24 appearances in the NHL over two seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes, posting a record of 7-10-5 to go along with a 3.05 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

Wedgewood was originally drafted by the Devils in the third round, 84th overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Martin, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, played in 23 games with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League last season, posting a 9-10-2 record with a .902 save percentage and a 3.40 goals-against average. He also registered three shutouts.

The Oakville, Ontario native has played in 125 career AHL games with the Eagles and the San Antonio Rampage, notching a 49-58-11 record with nine shutouts. He has also played in three career NHL games, all with the Colorado Avalanche during the 2016-17 season.

Martin was drafted by the Avalanche in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Mueller, 33, appeared in 60 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League last season, collecting 33 goals and 65 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. The West Seneca, New York native ranked first on the Marlies for goals and second for points. Mueller also ranked third in the AHL for power-play goals with 16. The Marlies assistant captain set a career high for goals in 2018-19. He also played in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games for Toronto, recording five goals and 10 points.

The 5-foot-10, 196-pound forward has skated in 53 career NHL games over five seasons with the Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, posting three goals and 10 points. Mueller has also appeared in 711 career AHL games, registering 222 goals and 527 points to go along with 374 penalty minutes. He has won the Calder Cup twice, with the Marlies in 2018 and the Texas Stars in 2014.

The Syracuse Crunch have signed goaltender Zachary Fucale to a one-year AHL contract, general manager Stacy Roest announced today.

Fucale, 24, appeared in five games with the Chicago Wolves last season posting a 1-3-0 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound netminder also played in 34 games with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL recording a 20-9-3 record to go along with a 3.18 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

The Laval, Quebec native has appeared in 68 career AHL games with the Wolves, Laval Rocket and St. John’s IceCaps compiling a 28-31-4 record. He has also tallied a 50-25-7 record in 91 career ECHL games with the Komets and Brampton Beast.

Fucale was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 36th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Witkowski, 29, skated in 34 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, collecting two assists and 23 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman has spent the past two seasons with the Red Wings, appearing in 65 games over that stretch while posting a goal and six points.

The Holland, Michigan native started his NHL career with the Lightning when he was drafted by the Bolts in the sixth round, 160th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft. Witkowski has appeared in 54 career games with Tampa Bay, posting four assists. He has skated in 218 career American Hockey League games, all with the Syracuse Crunch over five seasons and served as the captain of the Crunch during the 2016-17 season.

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2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch Home Games:

  • Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m. vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, January 3 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Monday, January 20 at 1 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, January 25 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Providence Bruins
  • Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Saturday, February 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Hershey Bears
  • Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets

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