Lee is actually playing well. He's a serviceable 5th/6th defenseman. He doesn't hurt our team when he plays and makes the safe play. What more could you ask for from him.
Carkner is a right handed shot, it's as simple as that. They need muscle for a game against The Bruins. If either one was left handed Lee would be in and Kuba may come out. Problem is, both Carkner and Lee have basically proven they can't play the left side without making glaring mistakes that cost the team.
You have to keep pissing them off. Make them angry and hungry to come back. They play much better. Don't reward the good players. That's what they expect. Gotta keep them on their toes.
Every good coach in this league knows that.
Again, WORST COACH IN THE NHL RIGHT NOW
It took me a minute to notice the emoticon - I was like WYF!
Same could be said about Kuba. I'd rather have Gonchar go to the left side and just slide Lee and Carkner into those right slots. Something like:
But then again, we want to tank so the more Kuba we see, the more we will loose.
The team is 8-13-4 with Kuba in the lineup. 8-7-2 without.
They also want to get rid of his contract. Kuba being a healthy scratch won't help his value, just the way it is right now.
I love what Carkner brings to any team, Lee has obviously improved his play and learned some very tough and hard lessons and I am not a fan of his at all, but he does deserve to be in that lineup. That said, Ottawa is going through a big time transition period right now so things like this are going to happen.
Neither Carkner nor Lee deserved to be scartched right now but I understand why they would be. That's all it comes down to.