Sens place Lee on waivers, clear way for Butler

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

The Senators have waived goodbye to D Brian Lee.

A healthy scratch for 18 straight games, Lee, the club’s first-round pick in 2005, was placed on waivers Tuesday. If he clears, the 23-year-old could be sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Lee, one of the first players off the ice Tuesday, won’t find out his status until noon Wednesday, but two league sources said they doubt he’ll be picked up because of his two-year, $875,000 contract.

“The second year is a killer,” said one executive.

Bryan Murray had been trying to deal Lee since the summer. The Senators GM sent out an e-mail to the 29 other teams, but there was no interest.

With the emergence of callup David Hale after the club struggled early in the season, Lee lost his place on the depth chart. He can only hope someone makes a claim and he gets another chance in the NHL.

“It’s just a tough situation for him,” said coach Cory Clouston. “It hasn’t been easy for him. I feel for him. He’s been in a tough situation. He hasn’t complained.

“He’s a good guy, he’s a character guy and he’s a team guy. He’s handled it with a lot of class and dignity.”

Placing Lee on waivers could be a precursor to calling up a forward for a much-needed scoring boost.

The Senators are tight against the salary cap and have to free up space to bring in another player.

Binghamton’s Bobby Butler is leading the AHL in scoring with 14 goals in 23 games and is a top candidate for a recall.


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