Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Oct 02 '79

With all the injuries on the Pittsburgh blueline, it does not bode well for Brendan Mikkelson that he has not been recalled.

Mikkelson has played 131 NHL games but with five injuries or suspensions on the Pittsburgh blueline, it does seem surprising that Mikkelson was not called upon. "I feel like I can play any style you want to play," Mikkelson said. "I have the size to play a rough-and-tumble game. I can play in my own end, and I can play in the offensive zone." Mikkelson has three goals and 18 points in the AHL including a league leading 11 power play assists.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Apr 29 '79

Brendan Mikkelson has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mikkelson became an unrestricted free agent after the Tampa Bay Lightning declined to give him a qualifying offer. He'll earn $550,000 if he spends the season in the NHL.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Apr 09 '79

Brendan Mikkelson will not receive a qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mikkelson had an assist and six penalty minutes in just four games last season. He'll probably end up landing a two-way deal with another team.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Dec 20 '78

Brendan Mikkelson was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Sunday.

If he clears then he'll be sent to the minors. Mikkelson has skated in four games with Tampa this season, where he has generated one assist and six penalty minutes.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Dec 08 '78

Brendan Mikkelson has been summoned from the minors by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He suited up for AHL Syracuse in seven games during his conditioning stint. With the Bolts this season, he has accounted for one assist, two hits and three blocked shots in two appearances.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Nov 27 '78

Brendan Mikkelson was demoted to Syracuse of the AHL on Friday.

This is more of a conditioning stint than anything else and Mikkelson will likely be back in Tampa within two weeks. That said, he doesn't have any fantasy value.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Nov 16 '78

Brendan Mikkelson (upper body) has been given the green light to return to the Lightning's lineup.

Mikkelson has an assist in one game with the Lightning this season. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Nov 13 '78

Brendan Mikkelson seems to be feeling better after crashing into the boards at practice on Thursday.

Although he is sore, Mikkelson does not appear to have a concussion, which is good news. That said, he is a depth defenseman and has no fantasy value.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Nov 12 '78

Brendan Mikkelson was sent for tests Thursday after crashing into the boards during a practice drill.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, Mikkelson appeared to hit the back of his head and took several minutes to get up after the incident. He skated off slowly under his own power, but the team is listing him as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Mikkelson has dressed in just one game this season.

Brendan Mikkelson D TOR Nov 03 '78

Brendan Mikkelson suited up for the first time this season on Tuesday night.

He logged 14:09 of ice time and contributed an assist in Tampa's 4-1 win in Carolina. The Lightning have eight defensemen on their roster, so coach Guy Boucher has been juggling his combinations to keep his players fresh. Brian Lee and Marc-Andre Bergeron were the odd-men out against the Hurricanes.