Bingo! Sens add D-men
Don Brennan, QMI Agency
|The Senators signed defenceman Lee Sweatt on Monday. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)
The Senators signed two free agents with different skill sets for similar positions in the company Monday.
Both are bound for Binghamton’s blue line.
Inked to a two-year, two-way deal was Lee Sweatt, a smallish 25-year-old puck-moving defenceman who spent last season in the Vancouver Canucks organization. Signing a one-year pact was Tim Conboy, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner who has more muscle than moxie.
Conboy was a seventh-round pick (217th overall) of San Jose’s in 2002. Sweatt was never drafted.
“Conboy is a big, strong, physical defenceman that plays with a big edge, really good toughness,” said assistant GM Tim Murray. “Tim is a hard guy to play against. He hits hard, he’ll stick up for his teammates, but he can play the game, and play in a shutdown role, so we’re very pleased to have that competitive edge in the organization.”
Conboy, a 29-year-old native of Farmington, Minn., spent last year playing for Buffalo’s farm team in Portland. The four seasons prior to that, he was in the Carolina Hurricanes system. In 59 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes, he has no goals, six assists and 121 penalty minutes.
Sweatt, a 5-foot-9, 195-pounder from Elburn, Ill., had a goal and an assist in three games with the Canucks before breaking his foot last year. He also had five goals and nine assists with the Manitoba Moose.
“Lee is a smaller guy but he’s a great skater, and he’s strong for his size,” said Murray. “He plays a great offensive game. I think his transition game is exceptional. His speed and offensive awareness on the ice allow him to be kind of a quarterback back there. He usually makes all the players around him much better.”