In a summer that has been rife with speculation concerning Eugene Melnyk’s financial wherewithal and what impacts a strict internal budget could have on this organization moving forward, it was hardly surprising to see another individual lob a grenade in Melnyk’s direction this weekend.
Tony Rhodes is as close to Daniel Alfredsson as anyone in Ottawa. And he points to Sens ownership in this decision to change teams.— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) July 6, 2013
This isn’t like Dany Heatley’s neighbor, Tom Molloy, writing a letter to the Ottawa Citizen to express frustration that the Heatley family did not have a forum to vent their frustrations with how their son was being portrayed in the days and weeks following his trade request. This is a confidante of Alfie’s. If anyone has their pulse on why Alfie left, it’s going to be him.
I'm getting fucking tired of hearing Melnyk's poor little rich boy routine. If he can't pay for his seat among the NHL's high rollers it's time he stepped aside and sold the team or at the very least got a limited partner to help offset his losses.
Problem is, he's probably had one too many "Huge Euge" and just loves the limelight too much to even consider letting that happen. What a disaster. Here's to hoping Spezz and Ryan are going to be able to re-sign or this will get REAL ugly in a few years when our young core comes to RFA, then UFA, status.
It's evident there's more to the story than what we've been told. It seems quite apparent that Melnyk is in financial trouble and needs to sell the team. It seems also evident that it was at the centre of the negotiations with Alfie. Does it excuse Alfie's decision? Absolutely NOT! He could have, and should have sucked it up for one last season. Him and his legacy would have far outlasted that of Melnyk. As it stands, both deserve each other.
@SteveHL Melnyk in a nutshell: people tolerated his antics because he bought the team out of bankruptcy and invested heavily on payroll. Now that he's pinching pennies, the tolerance for his antics is running out.
@TopShelfy Wish I was like you & I could look at every issue (Alfie, Melnyk, Sens being better now) in a vacuum. But I can't. Deal with it.
@6thSens you have a excellent blog. I think you are better than beating a 2mth old story to death. Hope we see more of what makes it diffrnt