MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Panthers recalled defenseman Dan Boyle on Saturday from Louisville of the AHL.

To make room on the roster, the Panthers sent defensemen Brad Ference and Lance Ward to Louisville.

Boyle had three assists in 12 games with Florida before being sent down Nov. 9.

Ference has played in seven games for the Panthers this season. His demotion follows a 2-1 loss against Tampa Bay in which two Lightning passes deflected off him and into the Florida net. One pass went in off his stick and the other off his skate.

Ward has two assists in five games with the Panthers.