Leclaire not quite done in Ottawa

Ottawa Senators' goalie Pascal Leclaire during practice at Scotiabank Place Wednesday, December 15,...

Ottawa Senators' goalie Pascal Leclaire during practice at Scotiabank Place Wednesday, December 15, 2010. (Darren Brown/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

Pascal Leclaire’s days with the Senators aren’t over ... yet.

GM Bryan Murray said he placed the 28-year-old goalie on waivers Saturday to give him a chance to play elsewhere.

But if he goes unclaimed, he’ll still dress as a backup in Ottawa.

Leclaire, who played his first game Saturday in Binghamton since suffering a hip/groin injury in mid-December, was sent down for a two-week conditioning stint last Monday.

Leclaire won’t clear waivers until Monday at noon.

“He’s healthy enough to play. For his sake, as much as ours, it exposes him and someone may be looking for a goaltender going into the playoffs. A guy that’s very capable,” said Murray.

“If he doesn’t get picked up, which is another strong possibility, we’ll probably just bring him back here and he’ll be our other goaltender.”

Murray said Robin Lehner will still be sent down to the minors once Leclaire can return.

“If we can clear this up, and Pascal is coming back here ready to go, then we’ll have (Lehner) go down there and play there for a while. If (Leclaire) is picked up, then I obviously have to do something else.”


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