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Geoffrion the latest to be assigned to Milwaukee…

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When the Nashville Predators announced that they had sent a player back to their AHL-affiliate yesterday, many expected to see Blake Geoffrion‘s name attached to the press release. They were shocked to learn it was actually defenseman Jon Blum.

Today, Geoffrion joined him.

After being activated from IR, Geoffrion was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals in an effort to get him valuable ice time.

Nashville was just 3-6-1 without him in the lineup. By contrast, they were 11-5-3 with him.

The Brentwood, Tennessee native has missed the last six games with an injury he sustained when former Predator Ryan Jones took a run at him behind the Nashville net on November 28 in Edmonton.

The official press release is below.

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Nashville, Tenn. (December 13, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has activated forward Blake Geoffrion from injured reserve and assigned him to Milwaukee (AHL).

Geoffrion, 23 (2/3/88), has missed the past six games due to an upper-body injury. He has one assist in 19 games for the Predators this season.

The Predators take on the Calgary Flames tonight (7 p.m., FSTN, 102.5 The Game,  Daily’s Super Tuesday), game two of a four game home stand. The week in Smashville continues on Thursday when the Detroit Red Wings come to town (7 p.m., FSTN, 102.5 The Game) and Saturday when the St. Louis Blues make a stop in Music City (7 p.m., FSTN, 102.5 The Game,  McDonald’s Family 4 Pack Night). To purchase tickets, visit nashvillepredators.comticketmaster.com or call 615-770-PUCK (7825).

This month, after a decade and a half of events, Nashville’s own Bridgestone Arena celebrates its 15th anniversary. Visit nashvillepredators.com/15thanniversary for a special “15 Years of Bridgestone Arena in 15 Days” daily feature that takes a year-by-year look back at the signature stories and events that defined Bridgestone Arena and impacted the Nashville community.

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