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@Mothballsuitor Just because you raise ticket prices by (say) 10% doesn't mean you will make 10% more money. The price is based on demand and I'm assuming that very smart people in the organization determined that is the price at which they make the most money right now. I can't imagine they'd be leaving money on the table.
Fancostexperience.com is also misleading, they don't include premium seating and luxury boxes in their figures.
2 months, 1 week ago on Melnyk Hires PR Firm Called 'ESPN' to Perform Study on Pro Sports Franchises
I can't figure out what Melnyk is trying to accomplish with his latest comments to Gordon. The only thing I can come up with is this is all part of his routine in order to try and get a casino from the city and OLG.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Melnyk on Alfie's Decision Factors
This is a reality for most teams. Spending to the cap is a loss unless you go deep into the playoffs. It's an expensive gamble, I think Eugene has said this himself. It's only a question of whether he can't or won't afford to spend more than $50M.
Personally I don't mind that they have an internal budget right now, save the money to re-sign our best RFAs in the years to come. There's no good free agents on the market(I would have only thrown money at Perry).
Hopefully we'll be able to afford making a run at the Cup. He is going to need his casino(or something else) to grow revenues if the cap will be climbing over the next few years as predicted. Otherwise ticket prices will be going way up (they might anyway).
5 months, 1 week ago on A $50 Million Self-imposed Cap for the Sens?
I agree with what Melnyk is trying to say. Mindlessly spending to the cap won't get you anywhere, I'm sure Pelgula is learning that now.
We do have to be smarter and build a winner largely from within, that's how we went from a basement dwelling expansion team to a contender and that's how we'll do it again.
The ridiculous FA signings (and Weber offer sheet) will probably not be possibly in the new CBA (at least to this extent) so the playing field will hopefully be more level.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eugene Melnyk Speaks, Embraces Small Market Mentality | July
I think it's more about number of contracts and roster spots than cap hit. Even "inferior teams" don't have room (especially in their top-6 which is where he should be).
I could see him getting a 2-way contract from someone.
1 year, 4 months ago on Bobby "Buyout" - Butler Goes Unclaimed on Waivers | July
dream ? more like a nightmare.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Rick Nash to Ottawa Dream is Dead | July
Cap floor will go down, if you've seen the proposals made by the NHL during negotiations so far. Only a question of how much, but I doubt it will be small.
And yes it might take losing part(or the entire) NHL season to do so.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Race to the Cap Floor: Kaspars Daugavins Signs One-Year Contract | July
@Nichols6thSens Good point but when have the Sens ever landed a top free agent (in their prime ) ? Weber will be able to choose from the entire NHL, why come to Ottawa ?
I think they expect Ceci to slot in behind EK when Gonchar leaves right now.
Most of our roster improvement will come from prospects or trades, I can't see us "landing a big fish", maybe if we make the SCF. We haven't won a playoff series since 2007, I don't think we're on the radar for top players right now.
1 year, 5 months ago on Nash(ville) Problems | July
@Nichols6thSens Makes sense for us but I really doubt Weber would sign here long term when he'd have offers from the entire league to consider. He'll hit free agency after seeing the kind of offers Suter/Parise got.
Weber is a RH shot like Karlsson, they would (almost) never play together. I don't think it's worth it. He'll probably go to Vancouver and replace Edler(UFA in 1 year).
@Nichols6thSens Edmonton is just hyped because of their 1st overall trio and their obvious need for good D-men. When is the last time a top player willingly went to Edmonton ?
Ottawa is also a team on the rise and we have a spot for him but we could insulate him behind Gonchar and EK. Surely him and his agent know he's not going to be a star in his 1st season, he'll have ups and downs and he'll probably hit a wall from the NHL schedule at some point. We have a compelling case for Schultz as well, but you don't see that in the media.
1 year, 5 months ago on Carkner Rejects One Year $700k Offer | June
Edmonton journalist upsells the Oilers and downplays the competition. Shocking.
What's with his obsession with "Fab Four" ? We're trying to sign Justin Schultz not Ringo Starr
@slavitch @Barnsley_Pal Because we have some top-6 forwards on this team ?
With that line of thinking maybe we should trade Karlsson, that's a career year he just had, he'll never top that.
1 year, 5 months ago on Please Stop Recruiting Rick Nash Mr. Friedman | June
@Barnsley_Pal Trading Michalek would be one of the stupidest things Murray could do right about now.
The rumored offer included Foligno (who would cost us $2M+ to re-sign) so bringing Nash in would only be about $5M+ increase cap hit (which is about what it would cost to bring in a top-6 via UFA). Maybe that's why ? (Plus I imagine Melnyk thinks Nash would help sell tickets and jerseys).
I think Murray is trying to landed Hammer in Chicago, Michalek and Gonchar both play the same and with EK on the RH side as well, one of them would only play bottom-pair minutes, not worth it. It'd be worth to swap Gonchar for Michalek but that would never happen.
Absolutely correct that Nash is probably starting to decline, hard to tell how much he declines, what physical condition he is in and how much of his decline that he plays for an awful team with little hope of being anything other than a lottery pick every year. I am impressed he has the energy to get up in the morning knowing you play for a team with no future on the horizon.
Gaborik signed a big deal with New York and has 2 40+ goal seasons under his belt there and he is made of glass unlike Nash so it's not like acquiring a player at that age means they can't produce anymore.
A player like Ryan or Evander Kane makes far more sense for the Sens but young talented forwards on cap friendly ELC or RFA contracts are at a premium and I expect it would cost much more to get such a player than Nash.
Ultimately I think Murray should consider both, I imagine there is assets he is willing to part with and ones he isn't.
1 year, 5 months ago on Sens Out Of Nash Sweepstakes, Alfie's Decision to Return & More | June
@Nichols6thSens It says Zibanejad, Foligno and Bishop. No mention of our 1st or any other draft picks.
1 year, 5 months ago on Anatomy Of A Rumour: Nash edition | June
You can now add everyone's favorite reporter in Ottawa Don Brennan to the list :) lol
Schultz would always be in Karlsson's shadow here, plus he's a RH shot like EK so they'd almost never play together.
Ottawa is an interesting possibility but I think it's more likely he goes to Vancouver or reunites with his BFF Gardiner in Toronto.
1 year, 5 months ago on Schultz Watch: We'll Be Watching More Than the Draft This Weekend | June
@Nichols6thSens I'd be all for either of them but neither of those players are available (at least right now)
1 year, 5 months ago on Dreger: "(Murray) made it be known that Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop are available." | June