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The Ottawa Senators have been “encouraging the league to try and make a deal as quickly as possible”

Oct 19, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder assured season-ticket holders Wednesday in a video-conference call that the club isn’t taking fan support for granted.

And if we’re not mistaken, Leeder also seemed to suggest the Sens were pressing the NHL to end the lockout.

“What we’re trying to do the best we can is provide feedback back to the league … and they understand what the mood is here in our community,” he said, as per the Ottawa Sun. “What we’ve been telling them is our fans are not in the same spot they were seven years ago. They’re not going to put up with a long lockout. We’re encouraging the league to try to make a deal as quickly as possible.”

Perhaps Leeder didn’t get the memo that only Gary Bettman and Bill Daly are allowed to speak on behalf of the owners when it comes to CBA negotiations. (We’re not sure what constitutes a fine-worthy offense in that regard, though we’d like to think Brendan Shanahan makes a video explaining it.)

At any rate, it’s worth nothing that the Sens launched a season-ticket drive in February in hopes of raising their base from 11,300 to 13,000. One would assume their near upset of the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs helped efforts, but clearly they aren’t in the same position as other Canadian clubs that have waiting lists for season tickets.

Here’s the conference call in full:

  1. cweez2 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Cyril, you’ll need 22 more of you to get it done.

  2. rodeoclowndc - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Or one less Bettman…

  3. rca26 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    This is excellent. We just need more teams to start breaking rank. But little by little, I think it makes a difference. An optimistic Jeff Vinik here, an urgent Cyril Leeder there, and it’ll become more and more obvious to everyone involved that the rest of the league isn’t hand in hand with Bettman’s cabal of 8.

  4. paledevil - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Bettman commented he has complete 100% support of all owners …unanimous That statement was a lie it seems .
    Heres the keywords
    . Once it is determined how many games will comprise the season, your account will be adjusted for any reduction in the number of home games to be played.
    This is not the season i signed up for! You collected the money knowing you intended a work stopage
    Try getting your money back ! Good luck with that polite F off

  5. cweez2 - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    If Leeder’s comments get the team fined, but get the pressure on the NHL and a deal reached sooner than later, Ottawa will see this not as a fine, but an investment well spent.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I’m starting to like the Sens

  7. jimw81 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    it’s up to bettman and 6 owners to end this lockout

  8. manchestermiracle - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    A potential fine for speaking truth to power? I’d be slightly shocked if it DIDN’T happen, that’s just the way the NHL works these days.

  9. joeyashwi - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I am now a converted Senators fan!

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