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Sens' Melnyk sours on ownership

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07:17 AM ET 07.11 | Even in the offseason, an owner can lose a big one, which happened Wednesday for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. Slapped by an overwhelming city hall vote against his plans to build a casino at his Kanata hockey arena, [Melnyk] said he won't be able to invest any more deeply in the team or in the city. ... He's set a $50-million cap on player salaries and can't afford to spend more, retooling the team into a young, inexpensive one that'll need some luck to win consistently. It pleases Melnyk to own a hockey team and he doesn't intend to sell or move the Senators, but without a "third revenue stream," his options for expanding the empire and renovating the arena are limited. "It puts a whole damper on my enthusiasm that I came here with 10 years ago."

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July 11, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Wow.


This is depressing.

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July 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET

"It puts a whole damper on my enthusiasm that I came here with 10 years ago."

Two Buttgoblin lockouts and Dany Heatley will do that to you.

July 11, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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Ignoring the obvious scumminess and greed exhibited by this POS owner of a fake hockey franchise without its own real fans, why would Kanata reject a casino proposal? Why else is anybody on this planet going to Kanata?

Because they shoulda made that left turn at Albequerque? (Bugs Bunny reference)

July 11, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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"It puts a whole damper on my enthusiasm that I came here with 10 years ago."Two Buttgoblin lockouts and Dany Heatley will do that to you.

Not to mention and kick in the nether regions by your Captain

July 11, 2013  08:54 AM ET

And the true moral of the story is, just having a Canadian address does NOT make you a superior NHL venue over a US address.

How about moving the Sens to Seattle?

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July 11, 2013  09:00 AM ET

He has Bobby Ryan thinking FA already

July 11, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Not to mention and kick in the nether regions by your Captain

I don't blame Alfie. From the article we see Eugene has a self imposed 50 mil cap. Alfie was under valued and lowballed by Sly.

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July 11, 2013  09:18 AM ET

He's taking his ball and going home

July 11, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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OMG he's Brian Burke?

He may be slime-ball but there's need for that Danny.

July 11, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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He's taking his ball and going home

Does Kessel have to come up on every thread?

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July 11, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Well, he is the best player in the league.

I warned you about drinking the flood water Danny.

July 11, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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I don't blame Alfie. From the article we see Eugene has a self imposed 50 mil cap. Alfie was under valued and lowballed by Sly.

Really. I'd want out of that sinking ship too.

July 11, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Eugene leaves out the parts about his divorce and the fact that his companies are in the toilet.

 
July 11, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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I don't blame Alfie. From the article we see Eugene has a self imposed 50 mil cap. Alfie was under valued and lowballed by Sly.

Yeah, Alfredsson is looking a little better than he did a couple of days ago.

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