Now that the Mike Fisher trade is in the rearview mirror, we were fortunate enough to sit down and discuss its ramifications and the new direction of the organization with Senators President Cyril Leeder.
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Quality podcast, they should really let Cyril Leeder do the press conferences. Articulate, honest, and he doesn't use any of those horridly annoying hockey cliches. Good to know he's involved high level decisions with the team.
I definately agree with Barnsley about just keeping a large portion of our free cap space available. Seems smart to just use some of it to bring in decent filler talent at good salary to hold us through the hopefully shorter than the Islanders rebuild(re-tool, whatever the hell it's called). Also to makeup for attendance shortfalls. Though, as Cyril stated, marketing the team on the hope and potential of young prospects(a la Edmonton) really should help to minimize that.
If the Bryan Murray interview was a slap in the face, the Cyril Leeder interview was a sensual massage. Thoroughly enjoyed the clear and this straightforward articulation of "the plan" rather than Murrays confusing, contradictory statements.
@S_Church Yeah, that's how the three of us felt leaving the studios yesterday. We felt way more reassured about the direction of this franchise moving forward.
Great podcast, guys; especially the interview with Leeder. It didn't really sound like Murray will be around next year, at least not in the same capacity. There were a few instances of "the things he didn't say" that spoke volumes.
In regards to Francois' comments about having too much cap space for a new GM, I don't think it will be an issue. I get the sense that Melnyk does not want to spend anywhere close to the cap over the next few years so that the money he saves in salary can help offset the cost of the inevitable fall in attendance. We all know it's coming, attendance will drop off next year, bu that's OK if Melnyk can still turn a profit or at least minimize his losses.