^^I accept your POV on Lee. I don't recall him saying anything negative about all the games he sat out consecutively. As far as comments about being sent to Binghamton...I'll take your word that he said he was "caught in the numbers game" but that's a pretty standard remark that many players make and I don't particularly find that derogatory towards the team...more a diplomatic response, IMHO. While I agree that Carkner can clear out the front of the net better than most and brings sandpaper, he's a different style of d-man and his overall skill-set might not keep him on the team much longer. Lee had developed a fairly fluid flow to his game and had made few glaring mistakes this year when he got in to play aka he had improved his game more than he was given credit for. Like I said, I'm happy for him for the trade...I also think it was bound to happen sooner than later and I wish him well.
I remember he said it in an interview after signing his one way contract. He said that he was a victim of a numbers game, and that now that he hasd signed his one- way contract, he could just relax, and have fun playing hockey. Nothing about working hard and proving he belonged, or anything that indicated that his game was les than perfect...
I do agree that he was finally starting to show inprovement this year, but still not enough offensive upside for me to make up for his lack of defense. Carkner is much bigger and better defensively, and can almost always be counted on to win puck battles and make a smart simple play to clear the zone.
I guess the debate is a moot point anyways, with Matt Gilroy on board.