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The Mess In Ottawa

from Rick Gibbons of the Ottawa Sun,

Ottawa has settled into a deep winter freeze and, barring a Christmas miracle, it’s going to get a whole lot colder for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in the days ahead.

The team has slipped into the bottom of the league standings. More worrying, it’s entered the bottom third in league attendance and it threatens to slide even lower as Melnyk finds himself in an untimely, reckless scrap with his own fan base over the future of the franchise.

These days, Melnyk would probably welcome a visit from the ghost of Christmas Past, if only to remind him of a time, just a decade ago, when the team lagged behind only Montreal and Buffalo in pushing nearly 20,000 fans through the turnstiles for every single home game.

The Ghost of Christmas Present tells a much different story of angry fans and empty seats aplenty in a rink where strategically placed tarps already conceal thousands more.


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The Decline Of Sidney Crosby?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Of the 29 NHL forwards who had played as least 500 minutes at five-on-five entering Saturday’s final pre-Christmas matches, just four had scored fewer than four goals at full and equal strength.

Arizona’s Max Domi had one. Kings rookie winger Alex Iafallo had two. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had scored three.

And so had Sidney Crosby.

The generation’s greatest player scored 26 goals in 1,111:18 of five-on-five last year in leading the Penguins to their second consecutive Stanley Cup — one for every 42:45. But this year, No. 87 has three goals in 526:42, equating to one every 175:34.

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Memo to Mr. Eugene Melnyk: Your Senators play the most boring style of hockey in the NHL. It is tolerable only when you win, and, more to the point, only when you win in the playoffs. Winning 11 of 33 games doesn’t quite qualify, and wouldn’t even if the team had a new arena in, say, Barbados.

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Video-Things Can Go Bad Even For The Leader In Points In The NHL


The Senators Lightning won in the shootout.


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The Ottawa Senators Continue To Slump

from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators own just five wins since acquiring Matt Duchene on Nov. 5 and have plummeted to 30th in the league standings.

Following two wins over the Colorado Avalanche in Sweden to begin Duchene's tenure with the team, the Senators have posted just 38 goals in their past 18 games after scoring 51 in their first 14 games before the Duchene trade.

Despite the team's tailspin since his arrival, Duchene said Wednesday Senators head coach Guy Boucher assured him he is not the reason for their recent struggles.

“I had a conversation with Guy, and he thought I might be thinking about that a little bit,” Duchene told the Ottawa Sun. “He told me this was kind of creeping in before I got here. I got kind of inserted into the driest offensive stretch probably this team has ever had.

“Obviously it’s tough to start out that way, but at the same time, you go through the worst at the beginning, and then the rest can only go up from there.”


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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes On The Ottawa Hockey Market

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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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