The 25-year-old playmaker is having a dynamite season in the ECHL with 44 points (13 G, 31 A) in 36 games with the Elmira Jackels and Victoria Salmon Kings.
Tifu, now an official "Rat-for-hire," returns to Albany for the third consecutive season.
Tifu tallied three goals and 15 assists in 38 games with the River Rats last year and proved to be a vital part of the team after the February bus crash.
The fifth-year-pro split last season between the Rats and Florida Everblades and also skated in nine contests with Albany in 2007-08.
Tifu will fill in for Steven Goertzen, who was recalled yesterday by the Carolina Hurricanes.