As the Senators wrapped up practice Friday at Scotiabank Place, David Hale headed down the hall with his equipment and sticks.
Next stop: Binghamton.
The Senators defenceman cleared waivers at noon and not long after he was headed back to the club’s AHL affiliate. With his $675,000 salary off the books, Brian Lee will now play the role of seventh defenceman.
But, the Senators are expected to use the available cap space to recall winger Bobby Butler from their AHL affiliate before they face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to close out this four-game homestand.
Coming off a 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Senators are desperate to find a solution to their losing ways. Bringing up Butler isn’t a solution, but it couldn’t hurt either given the condition the club is in.
“We’ve just got to trying to stay positive and keep trying to work through this,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston. “We’ve had real good starts. We’ve had leads in three of the four games after the first period.
“When things start going a little bit south, we don’t have that push back. Whether it’s confidence or emotional strength to just stay with it.”
Captain Daniel Alfredsson was the only player not on the ice, but he will play Saturday.