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Brian Lee heading to Nashville Predators training camp on PTO

The former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman sat out all of last year with an injury but will join the Nashville Predators training camp on a professional tryout.

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brian Lee is heading to Nashville Predators training camp on a professional tryout contract, per the team.

Lee last played in the NHL in March of 2013, but was sent down to the AHL to play with the Syracuse Crunch following a disappointing end to the Tampa Bay Lightning regular season in the lockout-shortened year. It was there that Lee tore his ACL, in the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Springfield Falcons on May 17. He hasn't appeared in a professional game since.

The Lightning placed him on the injured reserve at the start of the 2013-14 season, where he remained until his contract with the Lightning expired on July 1. According to Pro Sports Transactions, he also retired officially on July 11, so you might call this a comeback.

Lee played 42 games across two seasons with the Bolts, scoring zero goals and recording 8 assists in 15:25 of average ice time with the Bolts. He won some fans early for his physical play, but never caught on in a permanent role with the Lightning as they switched coaches from Guy Boucher to Jon Cooper.

A tryout contract is the furthest thing from a real commitment, and with so many quality right-shot blue liners already rostered in Nashville, he'll be a depth option at best.