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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