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@bobby_kelly which is weird, because in the aftermath of the Alfie departure, people were generally happy with the outlook because they thought the team was better and younger on paper. The shitty part is that fans were sold on a rebuild and bought in, but the team expedited the process by overreacting to the Alfie decision. They had the opportunity to be more patient and grow the fan base's expectations slowly, but management and ownership made an all-in move on Bobby Ryan - knowing full well the risks associated with not being able to keep him in the fold. 


Now that the possibility exists that Ryan could bolt, management doesn't seem to accept responsibility for the move and instead looks eager to pin it on Paul MacLean's handling of the roster. Make no mistake, Paul MacLean will be the fall guy if this goes south. 

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/bryan-murray-speaks-candid-interview-with-tsns-bob-mckenzie.html

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@bobby_kelly they need guys who can move the puck on the back end too. They have a number of guys who handle the rock like it's a grenade. 

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/bryan-murray-speaks-candid-interview-with-tsns-bob-mckenzie.html

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@PalladiumDirt ... and threatened to move him if there's no contract extension. 

3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/bryan-murray-speaks-candid-interview-with-tsns-bob-mckenzie.html

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@PalladiumDirt thanks for picking one up. The money goes to a good cause. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/report-senators-looking-to-add-top-9-forward.html

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@T-Money Was that ever a prerequisite to participate for a drafted prospect? 

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/senators-ownership-is-going-to-the-dogs.html

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@bobby_kelly Methot's not an idiot. He knows he has all the leverage. 

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/senators-ownership-is-going-to-the-dogs.html

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Neglected to mention this in the post, but every team in the Atlantic Division had a higher ranked system than the Senators. Buffalo (1st), TB (2nd), Florida (5th) and Montreal (10th) were all ranked in the top 10. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/prospecting-with-pronman-senators-have-23rd-best-prospects-in-nhl.html

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@FloAction @TrevorKluke Not sure they'd want to give that much term to Methot, but if the base salary is low like FloAction stated, maybe that works. I'm thinking it's going to be a 4-year pact worth $20-23M based off some of the contracts being handed out.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/methot-contract-negotiations-stall.html

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@smilesic @Nichols6thSens @FloAction For the reasons outlined by the two of you, I'm not inclined to disagree. I think the organization feels like he's the "safe" choice however. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/kyle-turris-keeps-rising-to-the-challenge.html

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@FloAction Pretty safe to assume that it will be Philly. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/kyle-turris-keeps-rising-to-the-challenge.html

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@FloAction Melnyk doesn't strike me as the kind of individual who'd want to bring in a minority partner. It's his toy and he's not about to share it. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/crossroads-contract-negotiations-update-with-lehner-and-impending-2015-ufas.html

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@DanThibault fans won't change teams. The loyalty is too deep for that now, but I can see fans losing their patience and throwing more blame Melnyk's way. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/crossroads-contract-negotiations-update-with-lehner-and-impending-2015-ufas.html

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@NutritionFacts except Hoffman's shot is pretty good - he even played decent minutes on the power play because of it. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/may-the-schwarz-be-with-you-hoffman-working-out-hard-in-ottawa.html

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@Leajjes I suppose that's the rub of putting all the eggs in a line of Zibanejad, Stone and Hoffman. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/may-the-schwarz-be-with-you-hoffman-working-out-hard-in-ottawa.html

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@JeremyBridger He said it (and he did so in a joking manner), but I don't want to read too much into it. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/melnyk-speaks-on-bnn.html

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@VivianJordon @Sandysensfan the Alfredsson situation (and ultimately, his decision to leave) reminded me of how much a business sport actually is. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/

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@Sandysensfan there will always be a sect of the fan base that will wilfully believe everything that comes out of the mouth of the org. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/

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@Sandysensfan top six depth will be tested if one of MacArthur, Turris or Ryan gets hurt. As bad as the Senators were last year, they were also incredibly healthy. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/david-legwand-speaks-its-going-to-be-fun.html

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@slavitch Having read Simmons for a number of years, he doesn't strike me as stupid. He strikes me as someone who's incredibly stubborn. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/spezza-speaks-praises-stars-ownership.html

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@UzeLogicPlz Great comment, thanks for posting. 


For an org with limited finances like the Senators, it never would have made sense for them to retain Spezza beyond his current contract and for many of the reasons that you outlined, perhaps they can allocate the payroll more wisely now that he's gone. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/spezza-speaks-praises-stars-ownership.html

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@fmblair The problem is that we simply don't know how much of these revenues will be spent on things that aren't transparent to the common fan. Things like the debt load (with crazy high interest rates) and budgets for scouting and player development, which Melnyk has played up in previous interviews, are things that we cannot get a great handle on. 


It's not satisfying for fans who want to see tangible proof that the Senators are investing their revenues wisely since they're not putting it back into their player payroll.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html

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@AlexLaney There's still time obviously, but it is somewhat surprising that the Sens have not improved their blue line at all this offseason. I suppose the org is hoping  improvements from Wiercioch, Cowen and Karlsson will resolve the problems that plagued the group last season. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html

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@percussivepiano I'd be more inclined to buy the argument that Sens fans won't support a rebuild if the Senators weren't papering the building during the team's popular semi-competitive "pesky Sens" days too.


Rightly or wrongly, there's no question that more and more Sens fans are vilifying Eugene Melnyk for the state of this team and if they keep up this cycle of mediocrity, will it only be a matter of time before many stop supporting him as an owner anyways?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/

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@beermooch I think everyone is going to be paying close attention to attendance figures this year, especially if the organization is true to their word and refuses to paper the building. 


That being said, some people want to support the Senators not to support Eugene, but to do their part to support the hockey team. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html

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@RyanH @Nichols6thSens easier said then done and that's why I kind of laugh when fans say that the team needs to spend. It's not as easy as just bumping your cap from $51M to $69M - still have to be smart about how the money is spent. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html

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@RyanH if it's Melnyk's intent to have a competitive team on a cheap payroll and then maximize the revenue streams, there's probably no better time to sell. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html

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@boortjoon Yeah, I suppose if I'm going to poke fun at Murray for saying his name correctly, I may as well get the name right myself. Thanks. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/bryan-murray-speaks-spezza-trade-bringing-michalek-back-blergh.html

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@smilesic Working on a Ryan piece that should be posted in the next few days. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/monday-news-and-notes-spezza-karlsson-wjhc-invites.html

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@Leajjes Will pass along to the guys who run Bloguin, but I've never noticed them because I use AdBlock on my brower. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/report-senators-break-off-talks-with-ales-hemsky.html

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@fmblair I'd be more inclined to agree your assessment of holding onto Michalek/Spezza had the latter not allegedly asked for a trade in 2011  and had the former not piggybacked Spezza's production and Erik Karlsson's Norris Trophy winning season. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/report-senators-break-off-talks-with-ales-hemsky.html

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@FloAction @Nichols6thSens  the way the Clarkson contract was written, it's essentially buyout proof because of terms contained therein. In a nutshell, there's no incentive to buy Clarkson out, because it doesn't save the Leafs much in the way of cap space. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/uncategorized/senators-set-to-lose-staff-to-buffalo.html

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@FloAction  Interesting comment. I thought I've been pretty consistent with my "trade Spezza because it makes sense as a hockey decision and you can't afford to re-sign him and be wrong or can't afford to lose him for nothing" take.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/spezza-mum-on-his-future.html

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@FloAction  Clarkson being the same UFA Clarkson that the Senators pursued aggressively? 

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/uncategorized/senators-set-to-lose-staff-to-buffalo.html

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@FloAction  What's the throwing the players under the bus in reference to?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Senators Content to 'Ride With Spezza as the Main Guy'?

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@freewillig @jmikelittle  Yeah, was weird hearing Murray say that in the interview. I think a few weeks (or a month or two ago) he mentioned that they could talk with these guys about it, but just couldn't do anything formal. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Senators Content to 'Ride With Spezza as the Main Guy'?

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@sensuries  much of what Wallace said doesn't sound like the sort of thing that he'd just throw out there for the sake of doing so. 

6 months ago on TSN's Brent Wallace Gets Candid On 'In The Box'

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@sensuries  too lazy to Google. What'd they write on Grant?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Deadline Day Was Anything But Dead

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@FloAction  you can rule out him investigating the possibility of putting a casino there. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Cory Conacher and Joe Corvo Waived

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@TrevorKluke  We'll see, they made a lot of those public comments when a season ticket holder deadline was approaching. There are also three games to go before the March 5th deadline, so this is still very much a dynamic process. It'd be equally unsurprising to see this team stand pat and express disdain with the cost to acquire assets at the deadline. 

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Has Shane Prince Asked For A Trade?

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@TrevorKluke They keep playing both sides of the fence publicly - although, Murray has said that if they're close, he's always been the kind of guy who will go for it. I don't mind going for it if they use the assets to bring in a player with term left on his deal. I don't get the UFA rental thing though if they follow through on it. Waste of assets. 

7 months ago on Ottawa's Playoff Chances and Whether the Olympic Break Is Meaningful

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@Madmonk81 Completely agree with your last sentence. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Impending UFAs Asking for Big Money Contracts - A Look to Ottawa's Future

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