Mar 5, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brian Lee (15) brings the puck up ice during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Tampa Bay Lightning Place Defenseman Brian Lee on Waivers

In a string of movements being made by the team this week, the Tampa Bay Lightning has placed defenseman Brian Lee on waivers this afternoon.

The announcement comes just one day before the Bolts head to Scotiabank Place to face the Ottawa Senators as the second stop on their road trip through the great, white north.

Unfortunately, this announcement does not come as much of a surprise. This is around the same time last year when Lee was traded by the Senators to Tampa Bay in exchange for fellow defenseman Matt Gilroy.

While Lee is a real stand up guy off of the ice, his performance on the ice this season leaves much to be desired.

In the 22 games that he has suited up for this season, he has 0 points, 16 penalty minutes, and a dismal minus-13 rating. Unfortunately, these numbers have found Lee to be a healthy scratch on many a game as of late.

As I said previously, this move comes in a long line of moves that Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has been making this week. First of these moves was the signing of OHL star defenseman Slater Koekkoek. Then, there was the signing of collegiate stand out, Andrej Sustr. With all these new additions to the defensive line, unfortunately, someone had to go.

If Lee does indeed clear waivers, which he probably will purely based on his lack of production this season, then he will more than likely be reassigned to the Lightning’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch. This could be some good experience for him as the Crunch are gearing up for their post season run.

 

What do you think of the moves that Yzerman has been making this week? Do you think another team will snatch Lee up before he can be reassigned to Syracuse? Sound off in the comments below.

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