Melnyk pledges to rebuild Senators

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

"It was a tough, tough year in the offices, on the ice and now we're starting off fresh, a lot of things have been changed and I think this year is going to become one of those watershed years for us".

"Right now, we're kind of in the dumpster", he said. That is, in the event you presumably can arrange to establish it by all 5 minutes and forty seven seconds with out holding your face for the sheer awkwardness of it. I was more comfortable watching the Blair Witch Project.

It's an interview, sort of, between Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki and the team's owner, Eugene Melnyk.

Melnyk says that his club has stocked draft picks as part of the rebuild, but didn't mention his team is without their first-round pick in 2019. You know how some managers are loath to say "rebuild" because they fear that fans will tune out once they know a team isn't serious about winning?

For one, it only further enhanced the perception of Melnyk as a meddling owner, whose fingers are all over trades and/or signings.

Asked by CTV's Terry Marcotte on Monday after the informal skate in Kanata what he thought of people picking the club to finish last, Borowiecki dismissed it.

Wearing a Senators jersey and sitting comfortably in an armchair, like this production is the most natural thing in the world, Melnyk says many puzzling things. Some people are talking in town that he may move the team. "When I signed up as an owner, I really didn't expect something like past year", Melnyk said. So that's totally solid. Gosh, where could this relocation talk possibly have come from?

"We will do everything in our power to make this a reality", Melnyk pledges. "You're totally getting traded".

"This coming year, we're going to have 10 out of the 22 players are going to be new, meaning they are either rookies or maybe they played under 10 games last year", Melnyk said. Leaving apart the ask of whether general manager Pierre Dorion can also even make a roster with that many entry-degree avid gamers given the NHL's wage ground, it's a tag that the Senators are prepared to swap anyone with video display-day National Hockey League value for picks and potentialities.

What is clear is that after months of waiting and wondering, you don't need to read between the lines to recognize that the Senators are now on the verge of trading away their captain.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, in a video posted online by the team on Monday, September 10, 2018.

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Melnyk said the team will announce a multi-year plan to build a better team, improve the fan experience, grow revenues and deepen the team's engagement in the community.

"We're pretty excited", Borowiecki said.

"How's the dressing room?" says Melnyk. "One player. Two players, three players in the dressing room are not gonna do it".

"We're going to give everything we've got".

I'm going to make a bold claim here that the Sens' dressing room is not all that great.

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"Last season, however, we were disgusting, and it just wasn't acceptable".

Borowiecki, ever the good soldier, tells Melnyk that the players on the roster "need to find a way to gel".

Melnyk barrels along about how great it will be to have all these young prospects.

It's quite another to deliver the info in such a freaky fashion; the awkward chat between Melnyk and veteran defenceman Mark Borowiecki that went viral - and not in a good way - after landing on the club's website late Monday night. The team is now in an incredible state of disarray, having emerged as the clear front-runner for the prestigious "Biggest Clown Show In Hockey" award over the past year. The owner is now merrily speaking about selling off the closing treasured items for scraps. "Right now, I think it will be very exciting".

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