The Quad-City Mallards acquired rookie goaltender P.J. Musico from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for an undisclosed amount of cash Tuesday.
Head coach Terry Ruskowski said the move was necessitated after he was informed Monday by the Iowa Wild, the Mallards' AHL affiliate, that goaltender Steve Michalek was not expected to return to the team for the rest of the regular season.
Michalek is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .971 save percentage in his first two games with the Wild, and was 12-8-4 with a 2.42 goals against average and .924 save percentage in 24 games with the Mallards this season, which included two shutouts.
Iowa had goaltender Jeremy Smith reassigned to the Providence Bruins by the NHL’s Boston Bruins on Monday following a throat injury to Boston goalie prospect Malcom Subban on Saturday, leaving Iowa with just Michalek and Leland Irving on the roster.
Musico has gone 7-3-1 with a 2.35 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and one shutout in 13 games with the Swamp Rabbits this season. The rookie turned pro after playing three seasons with Penn State, going 10-15-1 with a 3.31 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in his college career.