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Why the Senators are an embarrassment

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The Ottawa Senators have not been by any stretch of the term a model franchise. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators are a steaming-hot pile of malodorous garbage right now.

For the sake of the long-suffering fans and all the good people within the organization forced to put up with nothing short of a disastrous fall from grace over the past 12 months, I truly wish there was a better way to describe the current state of this franchise. But there isn’t.

filed an order of protection against the girlfriend of teammate Mike Hoffman back on May 4, alleging she lead a torturous harassment campaign against the Karlsson family following the death of their newborn son last season.

Since the heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Eastern Conference final, it’s been one piece of brutal news after another coming out of the Nation’s Capital.

Here’s some of the lingering garbage contributing to the smouldering dumpster fire that is currently the Ottawa Senators organization:

Randy Lee is set to miss at least part of next week’s NHL Entry Draft because has to be in court to defend a charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly made sexual comments and rubbed the shoulders of a 19-year-old male shuttle bus driver at the pre-draft scouting combine a couple weeks ago in Buffalo. Lee has pleaded not guilty to second-degree harassment and sees his status within the organization “unchanged” as the upper management “reviews the situation.”

held several “Town Hall” style meetings with the intent of smoothing over tensions with season ticket holders. After blaming the media for misconstruing his words when he made threats to move the team in December, Melnyk along with Dorion insinuated that long-time Senators captain and Ottawa legend Daniel Alfredsson wanted to leave and go to Detroit in 2013 as a UFA. Naturally, Melnyk was booed into oblivion by almost everyone in attendance as the battle between owner and fans hit a boiling point. 

parted ways,”  but it’s obvious that Melnyk forced him out as the owner named himself CEO of his own franchise and moved from Barbados to Ottawa just days after the separation. Anselmi was brought in to oversee the arena development project at LeBreton Flats and to help with falling ticket sales. It didn’t work out, to say the least, as the team tarped off 1,500 seats at the Canadian Tire Centre prior to the season, lowering capacity to just over 17,000. 

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It has been anything but smiles in Ottawa. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

construction of #MelnykOut billboards. 

But on the bright side — other than this insane cyberbullying debacle, the sexual harassment claims against its Assistant GM, the strange and abrupt departure of the team’s CEO and president, the pending Karlsson trade disaster, the clouds of controversy following Melnyk at seemingly every step, a very uncertain arena situation, one of the worst roster constructions in the NHL and not much to look forward to as far as high-end prospects go — everything is fine.

 

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