Ask any Ottawa Senators what the biggest problem is with the team and you’ll receive a two word answer: Eugene Melnyk.
The team’s unpopular owner has been criticized by fans for years now given just how badly his has mishandled the franchise. Cost savings are at the heart of every roster move the team makes as Melnyk does the best he can to save every penny he possible can. Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Mark Stone, Zdeno Chara, Mika Zibenajad… the list of players who who were shipped out when it came time to get paid by Melnyk is long.
It also doesn’t help Melnyk’s cause that he has regularly threatened to move the team out of Ottawa if attendance and ticket sales don’t improve. Then he goes and guts the team’s roster… so what gives?
Officially, the Sens are in a "rebuild" that started in earnest with the sell off of players like Karlsson, Stone and Matt Duchene. It's been a tough slog for Sens fans the past few years, but at least a young core of players like Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk are beginning to emerge. Sens fans have been mostly patient, which makes Melnyk's comments about the team's fanbase from yesterday seem even more odd.
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Criticism? What do you expect when you trade away the team's best players and turn your locker room into a circus? If anything, Sens fans have been too lenient on GM Pierre Dorion's moves, probably because their real hatred lies with Melnyk.
I mean... just how out of touch is this fossil?