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Welcome To Our Glorious Outdoor Game Setting, But We May Be Moving The Ottawa Senators

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With hundreds of fans braving -20 C wind chills to kick off what should have been a marquee weekend for the NHL in the nation’s capital, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said Friday night he would consider moving the franchise.

“If it doesn’t look good here, it could look good somewhere else,” Melnyk said. “But I’m not suggesting that right now. That’s always the possibility with any franchise.

“If you open a grocery store and nobody comes, but one opens two blocks down and there’s a line outside, where are you going to have your store?”

The scene on Parliament Hill, with snow falling, was a perfect one for politicking – with the outspoken Melnyk perking up eyebrows of hungry hockey fans in Quebec City and bigwigs in Ottawa as the Senators search for a new downtown arena.

But Melnyk swore he wasn’t posturing.

“I don’t bluff,” Melnyk said. “I won’t sell it. It just won’t happen. Imagine if you own a McDonalds franchise, but you can move it. Why would you sell it? It’s something that’s very difficult to buy. We’re doing OK here. We’re not doing great.”

Melnyk said “the market here has to prove itself” or changes will be made.

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Video- Eugene Melnyk Unplugged

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk joined Time and Sid to talk about the struggles that the team has been through this season, his support for Guy Boucher and Pierre Dorion, the Erik Karlsson situation and the outdoor game.

 

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Who The New York Islanders Could Offer For Erik Karlsson

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

What can be known is that Snow is able to give Dorion what could amount to his best return. The Islanders have stockpiled two first-rounders and two second-rounders in next year’s draft, plus some well-regarded prospects.

Breathe, Islanders fans, we’re told that Mathew Barzal is a non-starter in trade talks.

But terrifically talented and mercurial Josh Ho-Sang, who was just sent back down to AHL Bridgeport on Friday, is a prime candidate.

Would Dorion be enticed by thinking of Ho-Sang on a line with, say, Derick Brassard and Mike Hoffman? The Senators would have to take back some money, but Jaroslav Halak seems a better back-up plan for Craig Andersson than Mike Condon, and Halak’s $4.5 million is expiring after this season. So does something close to Halak, Ho-Sang, a first-rounder and a second-rounder get it done?

It should for Snow, who wants to make things happen right now to help convince John Tavares to commit long-term as everyone awaits New York State’s decision on a possible new arena at Belmont Park.

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Video- Virtual Tour Of The Rink Build At Lansdowne Park In Ottawa

The 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic will be held at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens playing the Ottawa Senators.

The game starts just after 7:00pm ET this Saturday and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

Click away on the virtual tour of the rink build.

 

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Chris Neil Retires From The NHL

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators orward Chris Neil today announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former sixth-round pick of the Senators in 1998, Neil played his entire 16-year NHL career in Ottawa, playing in 1,026 games (third most in team history). He also established the Senators all-time career penalty minutes mark with 2,522, while making a significant impact on the Ottawa community.

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The Ottawa Senators Are Not Up For Sale

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Team owner Eugene Melnyk told Postmedia in an email on Wednesday night he wanted to set the record straight about reports his team had been sold, rumours captain Erik Karlsson is being traded and to respond to comments by former Ottawa centre Kyle Turris.

“I am NOT selling the team — period,” said Melnyk in the email. “My kids (had) first call on the franchise long ago.”

Melnyk, 58, said the source of the talk he’s selling may be the result of a routine refinancing of the team’s debt he’s working on right now.

“Let me set the record straight. I have no idea how a reporter fabricated a fiction about my selling the team,” Melnyk said. “These stories pop up out of nowhere probably from someone ‘hearing something’.

“(The) only thing I can think of is our routine refinancing of our debt involves a financial ‘roadshow’. Virtually every major Canadian, international and American bank have attended one of over 20 presentations in Toronto, Ottawa and New York.

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Kyle Turris On His Trade From Ottawa

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at CBC,

Kyle Turris believes Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is the reason he's no longer in the nation's capital.

Speaking before his team's game in Vancouver against the Canucks on Wednesday, the Nashville Predators centre reflected on his time with the Senators that ended with a three-team trade on Nov. 5.

"It's tough because I think management did want to sign me, but I think that the owner didn't," Turris said following Nashville's morning skate. "And that was his decision."

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Buffalo Sabres Win, Ottawa Senators Lose

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We've reached the Chicken vs. the Egg portion of the program when it comes to Sabres games in KeyBank Center.

The fans make no noise, numbed to silence by the abhorrent cold in the downtown arena and the lack of excitement on the ice. The players get no push from the crowd to help them get off to a rousing start or through rough patches of a game.

You can't blame the paying customers anymore. They're in complete prove-it mode here after too many years of empty promises.

Then a funny thing happened in the second period Tuesday night against Ottawa: The Sabres started making plays and the fans started making noise.

Amazing how that works.

Just when we've all become obssessed with NFL wild-card tiebreakers, the Sabres have quietly put together a 2-0-2 stretch that's their best of the season after Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.

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Below, Bruce Garrioch on the Senators and watch the game highlights....

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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