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@ALfERdSOn GOing to take a different tack and say it's good news in a way. The braintrust hasn't put its gears to work in interviewing, foraging and hiring for a GM position in close to 10 years. They've gotten comfortable and that's a killer thing in the world of sports. Let's face it, the Ottawa GM post in the past was one that wasn't exactly stable, but being on the hot seat meant there was kind of a "win now" or "make your mark" event going on. And we had some pretty damned good and high-placing and contending teams then. I'm all for some new blood out there. Paul Fenton's name keeps coming up, he's worked on a low-spending team and gotten some nice results in Nashville. Maybe he's familiar with MacLean since Fenton was a Jet too wasn't he?Or maybe Leeder gives the job to Dorion as interim.Either way, change is good. I welcome it and I'm thrilled to see what the new guy will do with what he has here.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Buffalo Receives Permission to Talk to Tim Murray
I'll just repeat a tweet I heard of earlier when Melnyk asked people to cheer for Alfie but then the team:
@gosensgo101 @MelnykEugene Can we afford to cheer loudly for both Alfie & the Senators?
Sums up my feelings perfectly.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Alfie Returns
At this point Spezza is a complementary player. The team can't, simply cannot, pay him 7-8 million a year long-term. His poor possession metrics, questionable health, his needed the "perfect llinemate", all point to a player that's a piece of he puzzle...but just not for the puzzle YOU bought and put together. Is Spezza is going to play send or third line minutes, that's fine. But no more than a 3-4 year at 5ish. It looks like he needs an "Alfredsson" winger that can do the spade work for him. Ryan is capable of this but they have no chemistry. Neil CAN do this but he has no skill.
Don't envy Murray this decision..
1 week ago on Spezza the Key to the Sens Turning It Around
"Hey, at least this team hasn't hit rock bottom yet in regards to moving players to free up cash. There's still time for Murray to start offering draft picks with guys like Kassian, Corvo and O'Brien to free up cash."
Bunch of white stuff coming overnight and that sobering reality as well. I think I need to hit the LCBO, stat.
1 week, 5 days ago on Matching Up For Del Zotto, Ottawa's Enticing Trade Package
All of these are too true, esepcially 9, 8 and 6. I'm really really suprised about 5 being accurate and I hope (and am pretty sure) the Senators are just going to "whiteout" LeCollectif's jersey. Because I've been wanting a white version of that item ALMOST as much as I have a resurrection of the 2D jersey. And Senators management can't really be that tonedeaf can they? Can they? :(
1 week, 5 days ago on Senators Panic Power Rankings: November
Right, which is why Leeder saying the team didn't paper the rink is disingenuous. By his own admission they gave extra tickets away by the bushels. It's contradictory on his part, which I found odd.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Cyril Leeder Speaks - Attendance, LRT, a Downtown Arena
Good read but: "We don’t comp per se for the sake of papering the house. We’ve never done that." I call shenanigans on this. The team has given tons and I mean tons of tickets over the past decade. I've been the beneficiary of such papering myself (that sounds kinda awkward...) from a then employee, for a playoff game Pens vs. Sens. You can be sure they printed tickets and gave them through Team1200 or just however to make the rink full on some dates.
Otherwise the article was fine but as they say....put your money where your mouth is. We've already lost our face of the franchise now if we lose Spezza or Ryan or...for financial reasons, we'll be calling BS on you Cyril.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Cyril Leeder Speaks - Attendance, LRT, a Downtown Arena
To me the ALfie thing just sucked all of my energy and enjoyment out of the season. I mean, it's my team and all but that was so poorly handled. And hearing people chant Alfie at the last game shows that there are at least some fans that just want to stick it to Melnyk and maybe even Spezza. The continued haranguing of Spezza is getting really, really, really old. I mean, just look at Toronto. Bozak is their #1 guy and he's injured. Bolland, a respectable 2 or 3 guy, is out. And they might lose Kadri to a suspension after tonight. Think they'd like Spezza? They'd sell like a TMLlion jerseys of his if he joined their team.
Man I hope he doesn't leave. Or Ryan. Or Andy. Or ZBad. Or...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 18 Games of Disappointment
I don't buy the "New NHL Sucks" argument. I'm an "old" guy, going to hit my 50s soon so I've been watching hockey casually/attentively since the mid-70s or so. I've seen fire and I've seen rain. The Canadiens playing some speedy hockey and overcoming the Flyers through intimidation of their own, the dilution of the league in the late 70s/early 80s with the addition of the Oilers, Nordiques et. al...people complained about Gretzky, it was soft hockey, why wasn't anyone allowed to hit him, Then the influx of Russians, they were going to kill the game. Robots. Swedes were cowards, send Salming and Hammarstrom and Steen back home. We kept watching, we kept analyzing. We kept hating that guy on the other team (Linseman, Neely, Tucker, Cooke, Shack, Jacques Lemaire, Probert) but we watched to see what would happen. It was more of a soap opera thing...especially with the Habs-Nords rivalry. Which team had more of a "Quebec" feel? Was Marc Tardif the best captain i nthe province? DId Sakic really want to tbe there? Was Pierre Turgeon going to re-vitalize the game? (Continued)
1 month ago on The Ottawa Senators Have An Attendance Problem
I'm getting into TLDR territory so let me be "brief".
Ottawa is a frontrunning town. When teams win people glomm (sp?) onto them. They wear the "R/R" they wear the Senators logo, they wear 67s swag. When the team is middling they go "Eeeeeeeeeeeh gonna watch at home." It's always been like this and it's not going to change.
One thing I've noticed in the long, long time I've been in this town (almost 45 years now) is that Ottawans are creatures of routine. They get up around 5:00-6:00, get to work by 7:30, leave at 15:00 or 16:00, bus ride/drive home, eat, watch hockey. They expect their hockey on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Saturday night hockey is imprinted in the psyche. I went to the Islanders game last Friday but it felt "off". I should have been watching a movie then and then talking about it. I'm never going to a 2 p.m. Saturday game...are you nuts? I need that 7 p.m. start man, go there have a hot dog or some egg rolls, down 2-3 beers and head home and sleep it off. So I get there at 2 p.m. I drink and...the game ends at 4:30 then it's time for supper in an hour so I can't eat at the game or drink. Yay?
Sundays I never go to hockey games. Ever.
Oh and don't underestimate Alfie's loss. He was more "Ottawa" than I am. Went to work, did his job, worked hard, was QUIET, was NOT FLASHY, quietly served the community, had some nice zingers, kept to himself. That's like...85% of the people I know, outside the community service. I like 19 and 65 but they're a little flashy and they don't play a hard defensive game or with an edge. Great players but they leave me cold.
Anyway, REAL TLDR:
ALfie loss was a loss of Ottawa's heart, routines are ingrained in many Ottawans, once team wins a lot we'll fill the barn.
"Still, Chris Phillips will be 36 at the end of the season and if the Sens are looking to turn the page (...)"
Don't bet on this. Murray loves his slow, plodding veterans that are great in the community. 2-3 year deal for Phillips to reward him for his community work, sadly.
Nikitin is interesting, but morons like Brennan and Garrioch will run him out of town because he's a Russian. Would at least love to see the experiment happen.
1 month ago on The Case For Acquiring Nikita Nikitin
The worst part is he allegedly has a no-trade as of next year. Why give a bottom 6 a NTC? Hell, why give Clarke MacArthur, a player with no history or production in Ottawa and also a borderline bottom 6 a NTC?
I mean...these guys are replaceable and is another team really going to trade for Greening if they can't flip him elsewhere? The 2.65 seems like a big overpayment, but maybe we NEED to overpay people to play here? :(
1 month, 1 week ago on A Thought on Colin Greening's Struggles
" And I hope you have fun at the bar down the road in Kanata and that’s where you’re going to go because you can’t get a ticket."
Ok, I love the Euge's exaggerations as much as the next guy but I have ALWAYS been able to get a ticket. There just isn't that much demand for Senators hockey tickets in this town that I would be prevented to attend a game due to scarcity, excepting MAYBE the playoffs. And Gene...I wouldn't be at a "bar down the road in Kanata"; I'd be at home with my massive HD screen, with beer and food that are cheaper than the CTC. Now, I don't begrudge CTC its prices, but I'll not be going to something as sterile as the "SportChek Bar" (WTF???) when I can go to the Senate Club downtown. And hey, count me among those that bring a mickey in to Sens games and I know I'm not alone.
The MTL guy coming in...misses the point that..IT"S MTL. You can go to a ton of good pubs and peeler joints and be at the game in 15-20 minutes flat. CTC doesn't have that luxury AND our fans are pretty quiet most of the time (which isn;t a bad thing!) so I dunno how much new music will help. Basically, if the team does well people will get into it, but I don't expect a lot of jump in non-playoff games to be honest.
But yeah, I'll buy the book if there are anecdotes throughout...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Melnyk Speaks - On Eve of Home Opener
"Eventually the time will come for ownership to shit or get off the pot and when that time comes, you can bet the fan base will stop paying attention to the organization’s lip service."
Brilliantly put. Cyril has said the money is there to keep players, Eugene is saying the opposite. We'll know in 2015 if Spezza, Ryan, Anderson et al. are all kept on board.
(...) "I reserve some skepticism whether the Senators owner would reinvest the revenue generated by a casino back into his hockey team’s payroll."
This 100 times over. Let's face it, even if he had his casino he could still say the same thing. And then he'd need a hotel, or a shopping mall. Rich people generally want to get richer (and who doesn't like more money) but at some point Gene should just give us the straight goods...
"(...) Melnyk told him that ‘He’s not that kind of guy (to take on a partner).’"
And again on the ball. I have no inside info but it's NOT like people haven't been paying to buy into NHL franchises, even locally. Wasn't there an Ottawa investor for the Coyotes? The Panthers just got a group to buy in. The Jets have a group of magnates. Hell, worst comes to worst get MLSE to buy in and we'll have LeafsTV adds on the boards again. :p
At least Melnyk sounded sane this time, progress!
2 months, 1 week ago on Eugene Melnyk Speaks
Yeah, Murray has done a good job with the system and so on, but at some point he needs to shit or get off the pot.
That pot is the playoffs and the team has won only one round (in a 48-game season) since he's been here. It's great talking about prospects but we're not Binghamton and at some point Bryan needs to trade some of these guys or this depth for veterans so we can actually go deep, or we're going to become the Expos or Nordiques pre-move and just falter and stay in some kind of youth stasis. And while Karlsson is a fantastic talent, again...playoffs. He needs to lead us to a Cup. Hopefully this year is a step in that direction. Jim O'Brien isn't the only replaceable one. Untoucahbles? Lehner, Karlsson, Ryan (maybe), Zibanejad (maybe) and Cowen (maybe). I'd just roll over and go back to sleep if anyone else on the team was moved or bought out.
2 months, 1 week ago on J.O.B. Looking for a Job
Good interview but I'm dying for a little steak here. All these prospects and going on about them is nice and all, but it's like being served hors d'oeuvres when you can smell the steak coming from next door. At some point this team needs to shit or get off the pot. Whether we need a new GM to do that or it happens naturally, this team will be judged by how close it gets to a Cup. We might have had a bad hangover after 2007 but I live in Ottawa, not Binghamton and I'm dying to see some veterans, especially WINNING veterans, in this lineup. I'm not sure how many more first or second round exits I can take before I start losing interest.
This rebuild has gone on forever it seems.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bryan Murray Speaks - Captaincy, Lazar, Losing Players on Waivers
I would be if there HAD been sole sourcing. In September 2012 City Hall opened its doors to everyone to voice their concerns about the casino. Everyone from health officials to business people came in and guess who WASN'T there? Cyrll Leeder and Eugene Melnyk. In March competitions were open and AGAIN, they weren't there. At that time Watson said they'd prefer helping Rideau Carleton Raceway but at NO time did they say: "Only Rideau Carleton". There was even a vote on the matter.
It looks like Melnyk all of a sudden needs more money for whatever reason and this is his tilting at windmills. He keep saying he needs a "Plan C" but what about PurGenesis, his startup that he said could bring in billions in James Bagnall's article? Sure, this was handled atrociously but geez...Melnyk firing shots at everyone from RCR to Watson to who knows. Doesn't he understand how things work in Ottawa? Here you take your durned sweet time, write out proposals, schmooze politcos, make nice with councillors and in 3-5 years you have a decision. The process won't change for Melnyk, for me or for anyone.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melnyk Speaks: Calls Jim Watson an Alien, Needs Army Before Visiting RCR, etc.
What more can be said, he's batshit crazy. My only hope is that RCR or someone sues him for slander/defmation of character/anything so that he finally STFU and lets Villazor or someone be the public face of the franchise when it comes to politicking.
How many bridges burned today Eugene? City Council, RCR, OLG...
Yeah, I'd actually like a real quoute about that quote...and the context. Was it an off-hand remark, a sarcastic jibe, a joke, was it even said at all? I'm afraid I can't take anything at face value from our owner, just too unstable and too volubile.