November 30, 2010
Sens take stock after grim defeat3 ailing players miss practice; team waives Brian Lee
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
The Senators were licking their wounds Tuesday.
After dropping a 4-1 decision to the Edmonton Oilers Monday at home, the Senators returned to the ice with plenty of question marks.
Wingers Milan Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson and Alexei Kovalev weren't on the ice. All are expected to play against the San Jose Sharks Thursday.
Judging by comments from coach Cory Clouston, Michalek and Kovalev may have suffered setbacks. They are expected to practice Wednesday.
"All I'm going to say is lower body injuries for both," said Clouston. "We had three guys who weren't in practice and they aren't healthy."
Defenceman Brian Lee has been waived. His status hasn't been decided. He could be sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton if he clears Wednesday at noon.
The Senators have been trying to trade Lee since training camp. He is making $875,000 this season and has another year left on his contract.
"It's a tough situation for him - whether it's here or with someone else," said Clouston. "It hasn't been easy for him. I feel for him. He's in a tough situation and he's worked hard."
Lee has to hope someone will give him a shot at the NHL level, but that seems doubtful.