This is bizarre. Really all there is to it. If he's being called up to play forward, I don't know why they wouldn't opt for players they've already had up (Dalpe, Hamill), veterans who haven't had a shot yet (Pelletier) or prospects who may be green but could use the experience (Grenier, Archibald). Calling up a D just to play forward is weird. And if he's being called up to play D, what does that say about the organization's confidence in Alberts (horrid) and Weber (not as horrid)?
This move makes no sense, if it's a trade who we moving? Everyone has NTC. Maybe Gillis is trading Tanev? Maybe Tanev holding out for more money rub Gillis wrong and with Edler, Bieksa, Hamhuis and Garrison all having NTC and Corrado stepping up has made Tanev available for forward help?.