When we look at the past year for the Ottawa Senators, it feels like we have no other choice but to feel bad for the team. It was simply an awful season for the Sens, who ended 30th in the league with a 28-43-11 record. While there was this type of drama on the ice, it was way worse off of it: there was the scandal between Mike Hoffman’s fiancee and Erik Karlsson’s wife. Then, it was reported that season ticket sales were going down. Hoffman ended up being traded. Then owner Eugene Melnyk released a bizarre video on the team’s Twitter account about the team's future alongside defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Oh yes, and then, there was the trade that sent Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.
In an interview with David Amber and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet during a preseason broadcast of the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs game on Tuesday night, general manager Pierre Dorion appeared to have had enough. When asked what he was most optimistic about heading into the upcoming season, Dorion stared off into the distance as if he couldn't think of a single thing... It felt like his brain completely shut off for a moment.
Then, he answered...
"We're a team."
Well, that's a start. The pause Dorion took feels like an eternity, and well the answer he gave makes him look like a complete idiot. Sure, the Senators are a team. Are they a National Hockey League worthy type of team? This will have to be proven this season, and with Dorion's attitude at the moment, it sure feels like even their general manager isn't sure about it.
One NHL fan noted a funny fact about Friedman, who appeared to stare at his colleague, in shock of his question. Like, what is the poor guy supposed to say?
It has been quite a change for the Senators who were very successful during the 2016-17 season. Nearly 16 months ago, Ottawa was one goal away from punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final as they lost in overtime to the eventual champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Looks like there’s a whole lot to be excited about in Ottawa. After all, they’re a team.