After being jerked around by the Sens for the better part of 2 years, Brian Lee was finally waived today by the Senators. Lee, who was the 9th overall pick in 2005, has always failed to meet the expectations of someone picked that high, eventually leading him to be a healthy scratch in 23 of 25 games this season, after spending most of last year in the AHL with Binghamton, though that mostly had to do with his 2 year contract at the time.
I always sort of felt bad for Lee, as he seems to be a serviceable NHL defenseman, as long as you don't expect him to be a star. Sadly, the mediocore Sens could never find a place for him on their blueline.
The Sens had been trying to trade Lee for months if not years, but their were no takers. Call me crazy, but I think in the right situation Lee could thrive and become a solid NHLer. I hope he lands in his home state of Minnesota with the Wild, where he would be in a nice stable environment.
Personally, I would like to keep him in the organization for depth, but it would be nice for him to be able to get some playing time, just hopefully not in the Eastern Conference. Since the Sens have placed him on waivers, teams may now claim him for nothing, and I fully expect mutliple teams to do so. If somehow no one does, he wil remain our property and play in Binghamton.
It seems a shame that 5 years after drafting him with the 9th overall pick, we will mostly have nothing to show for him.
Thoughts on the move?