Carkner’s return to create defensive logjam

Matt Carkner played his first game in Binghamton on Friday night, sat out Saturday’s in Worcester, but will play tonight in Hartford against Wade Redden and the Connecticut Whale.
Then he’ll play on Wednesday at home against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins.
After that, if he feels OK, he’ll return to Ottawa.
That at least was the plan as of Saturday, according to MacLean. Carkner could stay longer if he feels he needs to play more games.
But if he does return after Wednesday’s game, general manager Bryan Murray has a dilemma, since he’ll then be carrying two extra defencemen.
What does he do? Send someone to minors? Trade someone?
Only David Rundblad, who is making $1.5 million in the NHL, can be sent to the minors without having to go through waivers.
Both Brian Lee ($875,000) and Carkner ($700,000) would have to clear waivers, and there’s a risk that either could be claimed by one of the many teams looking for defencemen.
The Senators, with the sixth-lowest payroll in the league ($52.4 million), have a lot of cap space ($11.8 million), but it’s not a good thing to pay a player an NHL salary just to sit around.

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