Brian Lee is back in the NHL.
The Senators have recalled the blueliner from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton to replace Chris Campoli, who will likely be out another two weeks with a knee injury suffered against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 11. The Senators wanted to get Lee in Ottawa to avoid the possibility of an injury in the AHL, and to give him some practice time with the big club.
The Senators have five practice days left before they face the New York Rangers Wednesday at Scotiabank Place.
"(Lee) just has to be solid and aware of what's going on around him," said Senators GM Bryan Murray Thursday.
With Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden), Anton Volchenkov (Russia), Filip Kuba and Milan Michalek (both of the Czech Republic) eliminated from the Olympics Wednesday night, all are expected to return in the next couple of days. They will be given some time to rest after their Olympic experience and will likely be back on the ice on Sunday.
"The experience they had and the fact they're healthy is a bonus for us," said coach Cory Clouston. "They are going to get three or four days off -- which is important and they'll be a lot fresher going into the last part of the season."