The Sens owner said the important thing for him was to identify who the real fans and the fake fans were
- Eugene Melnyk is certainly one of the most criticized owners in the NHL.
- The businessman has been criticized for several dubious decisions in recent years.
- In Ottawa, a supporter even had billboards installed that demanded Melnyk’s departure.
— Casual Mats (@Casual_Mats) March 19, 2018
- Before the start of this season, Eugene Melnyk had announced a reconstruction.
- The owner had even advanced stating that this year, nearly half of the Sens roster would be rookies playing 10 games or less in the NHL.
- Only a few days later, Erik Karlsson took the road to San Jose.
- In the following months, the Senators also traded Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel
- In an interview on Sportsnet 590, Eugene Melnyk was asked about his strategy to win back Senators fans.
- Rather than being humble, the Sens owner said the important thing for him was to identify who the real fans and the fake fans were.
- Melnyk believes it is an easy target and claims to ignore 99% of critics.
- He asks the fans to be patient.
- The problem is that Senators get bogged down in mediocrity and bad decisions.
- After finishing penultimate in the league last year, Ottawa is currently ranked last in the NHL with 56 points in 74 games.
- Even more serious, the Senators do not even have their first-round pick for the next repechage.
- It was traded to the Avalanche in the deal that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa.
- The Senators managed to get the Blue Jackets first-round pick by handing Duchene back to them last February, but it’s likely to be a much later choice than the Avalanche’s.
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