The New Jersey Devils will reassign defenseman Lucas Nehrling in the wake of the 20-year-old rookie's outburst toward coach Dan Wiebe after the first period of the Lynx's 6-0 win over Arkansas on Sunday.
In the dressing room during the intermission, Nehrling reportedly criticized Wiebe openly and complained about his role with the team. Wiebe discussed the incident with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on Tuesday and asked that Nehrling be reassigned. Lamoriello agreed, recalling Nehrling -- the Devils' fourth-round pick in the 1997 draft -- on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Nehrling, who had one goal and no assists in nine games with the Lynx after opening the season with the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate in Albany, may end up with the Arkansas RiverBlades.
Second-year defenseman John Whitwell should be ready to come of injured reserve today when the Lynx travel to face Pee Dee tonight.
Whitwell appeared in all 70 regular-season games last season as a rookie, but missed his first action due to injury in more than six years, dating to his junior hockey days, after suffering injuries to both knees last week.
The Lynx are thin on the blueline after the loss of defenseman Clint Cabana, who was recalled by Syracuse Tuesday, and Nehrling's departure, leaving Wiebe with only five, including Whitwell.