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Eugene Melnyk Believes The Ottawa Senators Can Win The Stanley Cup

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Postmedia to mark the 30th anniversary of the Senators being awarded a franchise on Dec. 6, 1990, Melnyk, who purchased the team out of bankruptcy in 2003, believes the plan he put in place with general manager Pierre Dorion is close to paying dividends.

Melnyk says the pieces are in place to contend and additions will be made to help the core of this group get over the finish line.

“We have turned the corner. We just now need to execute on what we have,” Melnyk said last week from his home in Toronto. “This is the team, with what we have right now, I believe can win a Stanley Cup already, and that’s without adding some veterans, which we plan to do.

“We’ll be a team that’s active at the trade deadline and not as sellers, but as buyers, just like we used to be. If you look at my track record on spending on players, we were always up there. We were never at the top, but we were always right there or around the centre. Now, we’re going to stay somewhere in the centre, depending on where it’s at. Our budgets are always somewhere around $70 million, which is in the centre.

“I don’t make any money out of this team. I just want to break even.

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Dorion has actually done a really good job
under very very difficult circumstances.

He seems to be pretty shrewd at identifying young talent
and getting some value back in spite of having to move his better
veterans the last few seasons, when every other GM knows he has to
move them. Actually taking the next steps to continual playoff qualification
and contention will be even harder - let alone winning it all of course.

But he’s somehow done well re: the hockey side while also
dealing with an extremely difficult owner.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/06/20 at 12:57 PM ET


It’s all talk until Melnyk shows he is willing to pay the price it takes to keep a cup contender together. He’s going to have to convince the young players to stay and some vets to come to Ottawa.

They have a decent core now or coming. But there are a lot of steps between what they have and claiming a Cup. Winnipeg was supposed to be a serious Cup contender by now and has taken a few steps back. Toronto still hasn’t managed to win a playoff series with their latest group. Buffalo is desperate to show something for all their picks. Edmonton is still waiting on the next big leap. It just goes to show that it takes more than few good drafts to make a contender. They are plenty of opportunities to screw it up along the way.

Posted by evileye on 12/07/20 at 12:28 PM ET

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