I'm late on this but the Binghamton Senators have inked Brett Lebda to a professional tryout (PTO).
When reached for comment, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said, “Our depth is no longer the envy of the league.”
Kidding aside, I wouldn’t read too much into Lebda’s signing or analyze what it could mean. At this stage of his career, it probably means nothing. He’s a 31-year fringe player who gives the organization another warm body with NHL experience. He split the 2011/12 season between Columbus (30 games) and their AHL affiliate in Rockford.
The fact that there is some familiarity with Paul MacLean from their time together in Detroit, makes for a nice correlation but I don’t want to say the two things are causally related or pretend that it will work to the organization’s benefit moving forward.
He is Brett Lebda after all.
I mean, when the best inherent skill that he has is to bring up repressed emotions in Leafs fans, it says something about a player’s utility.
On that note, maybe he should dress in Ottawa’s first game at the ACC on Saturday, February 16th.