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Struggling team gives away tickets for free for season opener!

This is getting ridiculous…

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We all knew things were bad. It was clearer than ever when Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion pulled the trigger on the blockbuster trade that sent captain and all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks in return for a bunch of prospects. The rebuilding phase is here, and now fans are hesitant to cheer on the Sens. 

So much, that now, it appears that the struggling Canadian team is giving away tickets for free for its home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, which takes place tomorrow night in Ottawa. 

They tried to make a bit of money off of it, by offering more than fifty percent off on the tickets, but that did not even work.

Fans are struggling to have faith in the rebuilding club, especially since owner Eugene Melnyk made a ludicrous video explaining why the latest moves were made and how it is for the good of the franchise. Fans still have issues swallowing the trade, the lies, the disappointment last season… 

When you think about the fact that the Senators were just one goal away from the Stanley Cup final back in the spring of 2017, this is just a horror story. They ended up losing in overtime during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the eventual champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, it seems like this is so far behind, no one can recognize the success this team once had and could have once again. 

Let’s hope for the Senators that the free ticket drive will bring some fans to come and cheer on the team on Thursday night against the Hawks. However, when you come to think of it, free tickets are probably not going to help the financial state of the team…

Melnyk has revealed many times how sick he is of losing money, and could be tempted to sell his team to another owner. There were talks last year of a investors group in Quebec City hoping to make a play for the Senators, however, many believe they would hope to move to the team to Quebec City, who is still looking to get the Nordiques back… 

Now with the talks of a new arena in downtown Ottawa, it seems like the Quebec City dream will have to wait. However, it is now quite a nightmare in Ottawa… Let’s see how the 2018-19 season plays out but for now, it sure looks grim…