Brian Lee was expected to be the 5th defenseman for the Sens this year. He had tons of momentum going his way after a solid season and the retirement of geezer Jason Smith. However, just like in a Hollywood movie, be careful what you wish for. Lee was upended by Erik Karlsson and Matt Carkner and because of his contractual status, he was sent down to Binghamton-again. The 2005 9th pick overall has never got his real groove going, but after watching the highlights of some B-Sens games this year, I think it will be a short time until he’s called up again.
Both Alexandre Picard and Chris Campoli haven’t lived up to expectations so far in this young season. Picard has played well except for the Nashville game while Camps is having trouble staying alert on the ice. Both have one-way contracts, so unless Murray can sneak one through waivers, they likely will be staying with the big club. With Winchester’s recent demotion, we have 22 players on the active roster, and the max is 23. Bryan Murray would like to see his young D-man, Lee getting some games before he decides his future. If BM is going to make a splash for a No.1 Defenseman, Lee would likely have to be part of the deal. I don’t want to see him go, and I’d love to see him lined up with Matt Carkner (drools) but he’s goign to have to wow Sens management this year, or it’s bye-bye for him.
Our next two games are in the Sunshine State against two teams who haven’t faired so well this season. Florida owned us last year but they’re 2nd last in the East, while Tampa’s 11th. We beat the Bolts 7-1 earlier on the season but I would expect Tampa to come out with some vengeance. For me, we need to get at least 3 out of 4 points in this short road trip. 2 straight losses should get to the mind of the players and with the imminent return of Filip Kuba, we can easily sweep. After another date with Hotlanta, Thrashland or whatever you call them we host Tampa yet again. Those are easy wins and I believe that if we win at least 3 of those 4 games (we should be able to win all 4), then the Sens are for real.