Senators place Brian Lee on waivers

In what seemed like an inevitable move, the Ottawa Senators finally placed 23-year-old defenceman Brian Lee on waivers Tuesday morning.

In what seemed like an inevitable move, the Ottawa Senators finally placed 23-year-old defenceman Brian Lee on waivers Tuesday morning.

Lee has spent the last 18 games as a healthy scratch, unable to crack the Senators’ lineup after falling below veteran David Hale on the depth chart.

If he clears waivers, he’ll be sent down to AHL Binghamton.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. Lee is on a one-way contract that pays him $875,000 this year and next, so Ottawa is on the hook financially even if he’s in the minors. The salary cap hit does come off the books, however, which would allow the team to perhaps call up a forward like Bobby Butler to kick-start the struggling offence.

If the Senators do decide to recall him and he’s claimed by another team, they’ll have to pay half his salary and take half the cap hit as well.

Whatever happens, this wasn’t how Lee or the team expected things to go when he signed his new contract last season. In the end, he never lived up to the expectations of being a surprise ninth overall pick in 2005 and is often pointed to as an example of Ottawa’s poor draft performance in recent years.

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