Brian Lee has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Gilroy. With the deal the Senators offload arguably the biggest bust in the franchise’s recent history while the Tampa Bay Lightning add yet another bottom pair defenceman. For Ottawa, Gilroy is a nice player to add given his offensive skillset and his impending UFA status.
Lee is a low risk, high reward type of player for Tampa Bay given that his development in Ottawa didn’t go very well. However, like Aulie, in a defensive system like the one Boucher runs and with a young nucleus of guys on the blueline there is potential for them to come together as a solid unit. With that in mind, in the case of Lee, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve seen him play some pretty bad games in Ottawa.
Gilroy is a bit of an interesting add for the Sens given how offence heavy their defensive corps is. When you consider that their top three defensemen are Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar, the Sens are pretty offense heavy. I’d be a bit worried about their play in their own end come playoff time, should they make it, but at the same time he can’t be any worse than Brian Lee has been there.