The Globe and Mail's Jeffrey Simpson appeared on 580 CFRA this morning to address the now infamous letter addressed to Cyril Leeder. It's a great interview with Mark Sutcliffe and you can listen to it below:
I'm a season ticket holder also. I'm not happy with the way the season has turned out. I'm also not going to demand anyone being fired. I assume the hockey minds in Ottawa and whoever Melnyk has hired as consultants will figure out what to do.
Replacing a GM especially now 4 weeks before the deadline would be a disaster. They need time to anaylize the Sens team and prospects in Bingo, US college, Junior hockey, Europe They would need to do that in order to determine who to trade.. who could come in to fill the voids.
If a change is being made it will be after the season is over. I would assume they would be looking for an asst GM with another team that cannot leave that team during the season.. another reason not to bring in an interim GM who will not be here long term. That's ridiculous.
Keep the team as it is and hope for that lottery pick. A really good young forward to help turn this team future around.
You know what? They guy is totally within his right to tell the organization what he thinks, especially as a season ticket holder. And he got a response and a bit of publicity too. Good for him. But his deadline approach and ridiculous political analogies are over the top. I can't believe this guy is actually getting radio time.
I hear JFJ is available, maybe he'd like it if we got him in on an interim basis.
I guess this guy got his 5 min of fame. Yes he has the right to his own opinions. I guess he figured if he used his 'job title' and his company letterhead it would throw more weight into his requests.
Maybe more people will read his column now.
How thin-skinned are people in ottawa to get bent out of shape over comments like these? It's his career, if he wants to be "unprofessional" or "sensationalist" why do you care? Everyone's up in arms anytime the sens are criticized, well guess what everyone? They suck!! They've sucked for over two years!! Haven't you noticed? Everything this guy says is true. Everything. Cool the self-righteous crap, and get mad at who we all SHOULD be mad at: upper management. The fact that BM still has a job is absolutely mind boggling. Ottawa's Mike Millbury.
BTW: the guy's (was) a season seat holder. As a fan he has (and should use) the right to complain using whatever means available. So should we all. Fire BM. Yesterday.
a personal letter using his employers' letterhead?
how unprofessional is this? if he is not being sensationalist then he is being unprofessional, if he is being sensationalist then he is being unprofessional. no pun intended andeither way i slice it i come up with the same answer. i have been a fan of the senators since 1992 and still am in spite of fans like this. i am surprised he hasn't posted his draft to bluesfest demanding the 25 000 in front of him sit down in front of his lawn chair or he will not be buying his festival passport. this city has gone viral with these self-righteous near-do-well do gooders. if the man had any decency he would've have taken this matter up with management without the misused banner of a national newspaper. no class.
Cyril Leeder responds:
Funny, he totally ignored the question: If we do not show up during the bad times, does this make us bad fans?Answer is YES! We can't compare our organisation's methods to those of the Leafs, who do nothing to help their on-ice product, year after to year. We've been a sub-par team for... 2.... 3 years?! We've aknowledged that there will be a re-build, you can't say it's time to protest by not showing up to games.
We went to a cup final 3 years ago, don't give up on your team, let the rebuild begin and be patient.. but most importantly, be a FAN, through thick and thin.
In my opinion, I think Simpson is being a pompous jerk for thinking that the Senators organization should react simply because He says He will cancel His one or two Almighty Season Seats if they do not do His bidding. Give me a break. I'm not happy as a season ticket holder either but far be it for me to try to force my opinion on an entire organization that knows far more about hockey operations than I do. I think people like him have let the modicum of fame (infamy?) earned as a media figure go to his head.
Oh, and I also agree with others who have mentioned the folly of him using official letterhead. He does not speak for the entire CTVglobemedia organization and I think it's pretty arrogant for him to think that he does.
In the end, I hope he does give up his season tickets. Maybe I can upgrade to better seats next season!
I am not defending Murray.
He has made mistakes in coaching & trades. But he is just now bringing this team out of the hole (in respect to prospects) that John Muckler put this team in.
He took over a mess if you think about it. Yes the team went to the SCF under Muckler. The team was against the cap with key players to sign in Spezza, Fisher, Heatley that year or the next... Players had to go in order to fit the new contracts under the cap. Murray looks to Binghamton to bring in young players to fill the spots vacated.. but there was nothing there. He had that situation for the last 2 - 3 years with no prospects to bring into the lineup. It's only this season that some of Murray's draft picks have turned pro in Bingo and some have been in the lineup this season (O'Brien and Lee are exceptions). So with no prospects he goes to free agency. That's where he is faulted. Too many older players that did not work out. The thing is they are not really long-term contracts to handicap this team in the future. I think what him and Melnyk were trying to do was to rebuild the future and try to keep the Sens competitive. That has fallen apart.
Next season is a new beginning for this team. I don't think they are trading everybody. I think about 5 or 6 players will be gone replaced by the likes of Butler (for sure) Z Smith stays, maybe O'Brien, Condra or Greening. Or possible Silfverberg or Caporusso... the thing is for the 1st time in 5 or 6 years the choice will be there. And yes we can thank Murray for that.
He does have his faults.. but if he is back I'm not cancelling my season tickets.
To use your employer's letterhead to send a personal letter to another organization demanding a firing -- is not the way to do it. I'm sure his employer is not happy with his choice of contact.
If you are going to send a letter -- do it on plain paper.
I worked for a financial institution -- if I tried that on their letterhead -- I would definitely be out of a job.
@Sandysensfan : u make some great points - I agree that Muckler deserves much of the blame, but he's already gone. However Murray did himself no favors with the one-year rebuild comment. It just sounded too much like he was in denial that there was a problem requiring a change in direction, and he should have known better. Murray has definately done a decent job restocking the farm, but he also seems to not be very good at determining the proper value of NHL talent. If he would have traded Neil and Kuba at the deadline in 2009 when we were going to miss the playoffs anyway, and started the rebuild then, we'd be well on our way. Instead he traded a 1st rounder for Campoli/Comrie, and overpaid for marginal players like Kovalev, Kuba, Neil and most recently Gonchar. Maybe Melnyk made him do it, but either way, it's why I'd like to see a new GM this summer.
Oh and I agree, the Globe and Mail letterhead was a bit over the top.
Did not read the letter but heard about it.
So what some people are 'saying' if the Sens win -- I will keep buying tickets. If they start losing and are going through disastrous times.. I stop buying. I quit. (Sounds like Heatley -- I'll be with the team when they win.. but I'm out if they lose).
Simpson has his opinions... I have mine. It's a free country.
But regardless of what happens.. I support my team WIN OR LOSE and I will be renewing my season tickets.
@Sandysensfan I think you're misinterpreting what Simpson is saying: He's not implying that he won't renew if the team keeps losing, he's stating that he won't renew unless Bryan Murray's regime is replaced.
@Sandysensfan I also have a problem with anyone who says they will no longer support the Sens just because they have a few losing seasons. But that is not what Simpson was saying I don't think. His point was, given that we are assured to have at least a few rough seasons, if the team doesn't show that they are changing their approach, and instead look to be sticking with Murray's failed approach, that will result in him cancelling his season's tickets. There is a difference I think.
Agree with Simpson 100%
There is an endemic problem with this team that starts at the top. Our owner has minimal hockey knowledge; if he had, he would have realized long ago that Murray is a lifetime underachiever with precious little to his name (Jack Adams). Worse still is his seeming inability to accept any responsibility for his own actions or off-ice consequences of his actions as well.
Leeder is deluding himself if he thinks he won't lose a bunch of season-ticket holders over this debacle. It won't be just Jeffrey Simpson and the oddball post-game caller. Perhaps, though, that's what Leeder and Melnyk need to stop being afraid of putting their foot down and to execute real change at the top and on the ice.
As Simpson pointed out, the team is going nowhere. Hit 'em where it hurts, the pocketbook.
So he really did write that article on his company's letterhead? Pretty strange move. I work for a company that happens to be a major sponsor of the Sens. I wonder how it would be received if I wrote my personal opinions about the team on my company's letterhead.
While I agree with a lot of what he said, it's a classic example of a journalist taking an uninformed, outsider view of a situation and assuming he knows better than anybody else.
The Senators are in a classical organizational trap, something that causes "flailure": http://malkintothekings.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/avoiding-flailure/
I am getting pretty sick of non hockey people talking about Ottawa`s situation with absolute certainty. I find Simpson`s assessment of the situation as well as the links he makes to business and especially politics overly simplistic. Further his repetition of "encyclopedic hockey knowledge" stands out to me as recently I usually see that phrase used by those who support Pierre Mcguire.