Apr 9, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sens' Owner Melnyk: 'Detroit Will Finish Behind Us'


Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk came out swinging in a recent interview with the Ottawa Citizen, telling the paper that among other things: Daniel Alfredsson chose the wrong team, and that his squad will finish ahead of the Red Wings in the newly formed Atlantic Division.

Here’s just some of what Melnyk told the Citizen:

I think he’s wrong, I’ll tell you that, that’s where we part ways — I disagree — ‘cause I think we’re a better team, but if he believes it and he’s committed to it, then it was his prerogative,” Melnyk continued. “All we could do is wish him all the best. We look forward to Detroit finishing right behind us and him having a good year.

But, if you’re Eugene Melnyk is there any other play? Did we really expect him to say sorry our captain and franchise player ditched us for a division rival, we’re totally screwed, see you next year?

He did what any good owner would do… he stuck up for his guys. And, there’s no doubt the Senators have a very good young team.

They have one of the most talented young defenders in the game with Erik Karlsson and a very good goalie in Craig Anderson. Not to mention that Paul MacLean is one of the best coaches in the NHL… oh and which team did they steal him from again? I can’t seem to recall right at the moment.

Anyways, I agree with Mr. Melnyk 100 percent that Canada’s capital city boasts a formidable NHL team.

But, as good as the Detroit Red Wings?

Now, this is where I would respectfully suggest Eugene begin taking his prescribed medication.

The Ottawa Senators are good, but not that good.

I’ll give you two simple reasons why the Detroit Red Wings are a better team:

1. Pavel Datsyuk

2Henrik Zetterberg

If Datsyuk and Zetterberg played for the Senators I’d agree with Eugene, but unfortunately for him they don’t.

Maybe he forgot that Detroit was also one game away from defeating the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks last season. Whereas, his Ottawa Senators’ team was ousted in 5 games to a Penguins team that got swept in the following round.
Whatever foolishness Melnyk has to tell himself to convince him and his team that they are better off without Alfie is their business.
Should we actually believe what he says? Not a chance.

But I’ll say this much: come the start of the NHL season them’s be fightin words!

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Tags: Daniel Alfredsson Detroit Red Wings Eugene Melnyk Ottawa Senators

  • john

    Hey Jordan! Two players can’t carry a team. If a team had Crosby and Stamkos and just a bunch of bad players or AHLer’s to fill out the rest of the team I guarantee they wouldn’t be able to beat an NHL team. Crosby and Stamkos are miles better than Datsyuk and Zetterberg. But I’ll say this much: come the start of the NHL season…you’ll be fightin words!

    • Jordan Hoy

      First off, thanks 4 reading and you’re right that you need a good supporting cast as well (Detroit has a better one if you’re asking) but my basic point is that Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the 2 best players on both Detroit & Ottawa. I’ll disagree with you on the Crosby and Stamkos call as well. Both of those guys are great offensive talents, but they do not play both ends of the ice. Pav and Z are better all around players (the guys you mentioned are better scorers).

      • john

        Karlsson has improved in a major way since a couple of years ago, he’s no longer a liabilty on the ice when he has the puck. I have to say, I do believe Karlsson is better than Zetterberg and is almost as good as Datsyuk. He even had the most the most takeaways for a defensmen in the entire league two years ago. Spezza doesn’t give the puck away nearly as much as he used to. He has matured and has a high chance of being our next captain. So offensively I think Spezza and Karlsson are better and defensively Zetterberg and Datsyuk are better.

      • Matt M

        Have you ever seen Erik Karlsson or Jason Spezza play? I see in a lower comment you say that Spezza is a joke away from the puck. What do you think of Alfie’s play away from the puck? Because I can tell you, Alfie said Spezza was “easily” the Sens best defensive player. I just might take his opinion, combined with my opinion, other that of someone who clearly hasn’t seen Spezza play in 5 years.

        And Zetterberg and Datsyuk are better all around players than Crosby? How in the world do you write a blog? You are going to be in for a shock when you see the top players of the East, as you clearly haven’t to this point. Pav and Z are both fantastic players, amongst my favourite in the league, but you’re in for a huge surprise.

        This is an embarrassing blog, and the people reading it should be embarrassed that they are giving you traffic.

        • Jordan Hoy

          Compared to Dats and Z Spezza is a joke in his own end. I lived in Ottawa and I got to see plenty of him. The West has been a deeper/tougher conference for a while now so I’ll say Detroit will be very unsurprised by life in the East. I don’t think Alfie is great away from the puck either, but not sure that matters since I was saying Z and Pav were the 2 best players on either team. Thanks for reading.
          -Embarrassed Blogger

  • Dave

    While I do believe that the Senators and WIngs will be strong competitors for playoff spots, it really pisses me off when Melnyk pulls this media stuff. It adds to the amount of crap that Sens fans have to endure. Common Euge, they’re the Detroit Redwings, don’t start give more guarantees that you can’t back up like you did this summer with the Alfie situation.

    • Octopus Thrower

      It reminds me a lot of Dan Gilbert when LeBron let Cleveland. No need for it and anything you say will more than likely end up back in your face at the end of the season.

    • ElectricFire

      The thing is, though, we probably can back this up. On paper, we are a better team than the Red Wings.

  • Cody

    The Senators lost to Pittsburgh in the second round after they beat the Montreal in 5 games. You can’t base your opinion on the fact that Detroit ALMOST beat the best team in the first round. Toronto ALMOST beat Boston so maybe your next article will be about how we should expect a Detroit-Toronto conference final next season? Also, Spezza and Karlsson (a defenseman) who are arguably two of the best play makers in the NHL, outscored Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the 2011-2012 season. If they had avoided injuries this season, they were both on pace to be point per gamers.

    • Jordan Hoy

      My opinion is more based on their current rosters than on last year’s playoff performance to be honest. Detroit has a deeper team in my opinion. And, I’m not talking about only point production with Z and Pav (because Pav could be one of the top scorers in the league with his talent) but chooses to play in his own end. Spezza is a joke away from the puck. Karlsson is good offensively as well, but his play in his own end could use some work as well. We’ll see how it plays out…. but I like you’re Toronto vs. Detroit Conference Final article idea. Might use that one. Thanks for reading my article.

    • Cory Rushton

      Detroit almost beat the best team in the league in the second round they best the 2nd best in the west and 3rd best in the league during the 1st round, the ducks

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  • beelza

    Melnyk is dellusional. All Melnyk had to do is call his coach and ask him how they handled Lidstrom’s salary issues in detroit and everybody would be happy and playing in Ottawa, right? Nope. Melnyk cannot afford to be a cap team, he doesn’t have enough money. So after insulting Alfie with a low ball offer, he’s trying to blame Alfie – that is an asshole move.

  • beelza

    Forget the roster’s of detroit and ottawa. Detroit’s coach alone means detroit is favored over ottawa.

  • ElectricFire

    The Senators are better off without Alfredsson, especially with Bobby Ryan in the fold. Underestimate us at your own peril. We’ll see how it plays out, but based on how it looks from any unbiased perspective, we’re not as good as the Red Wings. We’re better.

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  • keven

    According to the last twenty years of playoff hockey, who are the ottawa senators? You canadians are delusional. Perhaps you should all be on medication. When is the last time any canadian team has won the cup? Of course i would probably defend my team too, especially if they couldnt prove anything on their own, I guess everything looks backwards in canada? To even say ottawa has a better team is like saying you are the smartest retard. Congratulations canada you are it..

    • Jordan Hoy

      You’re making a lot of sense here Keven, but don’t group all of us into this category! haha It’s usually only Maple Leaf fans who have completely lost touch with reality but it seems as though Senators fans are becoming more and more incoherent as well.

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