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More bad news for Sens owner Melnyk

Jul 10, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

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It’s been a tough week for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

First, there was that story in the Ottawa Citizen that suggested he isn’t as rich as he used to be.

Then, Daniel Alfredsson left for Detroit.

Then, yesterday, on top of everything else, his plan to build a casino was scuttled by the city.

Melnyk had hoped the casino project would offset the “substantial losses” of the hockey club.

While he said he has no plans to sell the team, it’s clear the Sens won’t be among the big spenders in the NHL anytime soon.

  1. 19to77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Just when the future was looking up for the Senators. Figures.

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      I am pretty sure that somehow Matt Cooke is directly responsible for this.

      • 19to77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Meanwhile, laughter echoes from a dark tower recently assembled deep in the forests of Minnesota.

        “Soon…” Matt Cooke smiles, perched upon a black throne, “Soon…”

  2. ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    i have a hard time sympathizing on this one. there’s a lot of people, including myself that have wayyyyyyy bigger problems than not being able to open that F’ING CASINO we wanted.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      ^^^one thumbs downer is Donald Trump.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yes, everyone knows that cancer, hunger, aids babies, etc are worse. He probably assumed people weren’t morons and comparing them.

  3. fcfpal - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    move the team to Markham

  4. lateralous - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Maybe he should have saved his money instead of ordering the Matt Cooke forensic investigation?

    • whosennext - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Maybe Senators owner Eugene Melnyk needs to order a forensic investigation on himself. he could have solved all his problems had he just buckled and signed Matt Cooke. Could you see standing room only crowds for this. Then after the game is over had a MMA style fight between Cooke and Melnyk.

  5. lroc20 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Well, Ryan will be a ufa at the end of the season now. Hello flyers

  6. theageofquarrel - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    He’s a stooge

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I guess CSI Ottawa is officially over with

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I guess CSI Ottawa is officially over with

  9. nygdriveforfive - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Melynk is trying to hide his other business loses within the Sens books. This was written 1 year ago. What changed Eugene?

  10. nygdriveforfive - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Highly doubt that Michalek (6mil) and Phillips (5mil) will be on this team before season starts. This is the reason Alfie left people. Alfie knew this drama was coming and did not want to have to worry about ownership slashing payroll and going bankrupt (allegedly). Lack of ownership stability and lack of a promise to even spend same amount on players as last year drove Alfie out. This is going to get worse not better. I do not blame Alfie for leaving. Sens fans who do blame Alfie for a selfish decision are misguided. Why does Eugene refuse to open his books? If he is losing so much money on the Sens why then the outright refusal to consider selling the team? This guy is lying through his teeth.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      i’ll be the first to guess why he’s so secretive with his money. “crackin” up with the Toronto mayor. there, i said it.

      say, do you still use the double entry method to account for crack you know you’re gonna smoke in like 2 minutes? (answer: yes)

  11. heynyc61 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    But I thought all the Canadian teams were supporting the entire NHL…. Geezz

  12. ironman721 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    It’s all Matt Cooke’s fault!

  13. frankiesweep - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    It’s not a hockey town… Should move them to Seattle….

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