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Money Talk In Ottawa

from James Gordon of Senators Extra,

Suppose I walk into a Honda dealership looking for a new car, and my friend asks me, “Why don’t you drive a Maserati?”

The response would be pretty simple: “I can’t afford it.”

It certainly wouldn’t be, “just because you have money, doesn’t mean you spend it. I mean, look at what this clown is spending on his car!”

Setting aside the fact that would be kind of a cheap shot to level within earshot of the guy putting a racing transmission in his S2000, it doesn’t really answer the question.

Which is sort of the problem with Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s response every time he’s asked whether or not he’ll sink some of the money the team will draw next year from massive new broadcast rights deals (not to mention a bigger slice of league revenue thanks to the last CBA) into player payroll.

As time passes, more and more fans are coming to realize what the new reality first signalled by the departure of Daniel Alfredsson over money last summer means over the long term: the Ottawa Senators may never be willing, or able, to compete on a level financial playing field with the National Hockey League’s elite teams again.

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Surprise? No, not really.

Posted by teldar on 04/18/14 at 05:07 PM ET

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Did anyone in Ottawa really doubt that Alfredsson left for good reason and that Melnyk is an ass? I’m asking…

Posted by awould on 04/19/14 at 12:56 AM ET

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