Well, that didn’t take long.
Goaltender Mike Brodeur, who yielded four goals on 15 shots in the Senators’ embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday, was re-assigned to Binghamton of the AHL Saturday morning. Winger Bobby Butler, who has been a bit of a bright spot for the Senators in the past three games, went with him.
First off, it’s a cost-cutting move. The Senators had Saturday off and by shipping the two players back to Binghamton, they’re on the books for an AHL salary, not an NHL paycheque. They’re also expected to be in the lineup for Binghamton for the rest of the weekend, while the Senators don’t play again until Tuesday versus the Buffalo Sabres.
However, the demotion of Brodeur begs the question about what’s next for the team’s goaltending. Sure, the team could call up 19-year-old Robin Lehner, but he’s currently the second best goaltender in Binghamton — Barry Brust holds that title — and Lehner is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Norfolk Friday. By all accounts, Lehner was okay, not great, and he didn’t fare well in the shootout.
Do the Senators really want to risk throwing their potential goaltender of the future into the big-less mess? What other options do they have? We’ll know by the end of the day whether the Senators made a claim for Evgeni Nabokov.