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07:36 AM ET 01.31 | Bouyed by the future, Eugene Melnyk is feeling good these days. The day after the Senators signed a 12-year television/radio deal with Bell Media that could be worth as much as $400 million before it expires in 2025-26, the club's owner is confident the deal will help the club stay competitive. "This deal allows us to be more of a force to be reckoned with," Melnyk told the Sun in an email Thursday. "We have all the key components for future success: Cap space, a very, very, valuable commodity now and in the future (along with) huge depth in (Binghamton), college, junior and overseas." Melnyk said the Senators have prospects in the system that are ready to make the next step. "A number of our players would easily make NHL teams right now -- we just have too much talent on the Senators," said Melnyk.

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Paul MacLean, Icon Sports Paul MacLean, Icon Sports
January 31, 2014  07:58 AM ET

Can Melnyk be awarded POTD?

Too much talent? That is the funniest thing I have heard (so far) this year.

January 31, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can Melnyk be awarded POTD?Too much talent? That is the funniest thing I have heard (so far) this year.

I guess they are out of excuses now.

January 31, 2014  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can Melnyk be awarded POTD?Too much talent? That is the funniest thing I have heard (so far) this year.

I think he should be, we'll have a precedent

January 31, 2014  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can Melnyk be awarded POTD?Too much talent? That is the funniest thing I have heard (so far) this year.

YES.... comedic post of the day for sure!!

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January 31, 2014  09:24 AM ET

I had to look at where they were in the standings because from the article I thought they passed the Pens to be the best in the east.

The Binghamton Senators are a pretty good team, so maybe they do have some guys who can make the jump. The question then begs, why are they still playing in the minors if they could be playing in the NHL?

January 31, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can Melnyk be awarded POTD? Too much talent? That is the funniest thing I have heard (so far) this year.

Too much talent .... just like in Edmonton, Florida and New York (NYI). Buffalo's been complaining about the same thing for the last couple of years so they got rid of it. ;-)

January 31, 2014  10:03 AM ET

Obviously he is the only one drinking the kool-aid.

January 31, 2014  10:12 AM ET

We got the same problem here in Florida. If only we could purge the talent pool, it'd be a clear path to the Cup.

Canada, when you don't win the gold medal, you'll know why. Too much Sid, not enough Domi.

January 31, 2014  10:25 AM ET

Danny Limes nailed it.

If we lived closer, I would "beer" you.

January 31, 2014  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

We got the same problem here in Florida. If only we could purge the talent pool, it'd be a clear path to the Cup.Canada, when you don't win the gold medal, you'll know why. Too much Sid, not enough Domi.

Hope to see the Domi kid soon, when the Yotes realize they Doan have a chance this year.

January 31, 2014  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I had to look at where they were in the standings because from the article I thought they passed the Pens to be the best in the east.The Binghamton Senators are a pretty good team, so maybe they do have some guys who can make the jump. The question then begs, why are they still playing in the minors if they could be playing in the NHL?

Too many 1 way contracts. They genuinely do have probably 3 or 4 guys that should be playing at the NHL level, but too many low value guys on 1 way contracts. Matt Kassian and Joe Corvo could just straight up go but nobody will trade for them. Jared Cowen has been dead weight and had he not just signed a long term 1 way deal he'd be in Bingo for sure. Colin Greening is a decent player, but he is taking up a roster spot a young guy could occupy. Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Jean Gabriel Pageau, Stephane Da Costa and Fredrick Claesson are all ready for regular NHL time, they just don't have the spots for them.

January 31, 2014  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Hope to see the Domi kid soon, when the Yotes realize they Doan have a chance this year.

But ... you'll have a NEW name next season! And .... hopefully ... a new sound!



:-)

January 31, 2014  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Too many 1 way contracts. They genuinely do have probably 3 or 4 guys that should be playing at the NHL level, but too many low value guys on 1 way contracts. Matt Kassian and Joe Corvo could just straight up go but nobody will trade for them. Jared Cowen has been dead weight and had he not just signed a long term 1 way deal he'd be in Bingo for sure. Colin Greening is a decent player, but he is taking up a roster spot a young guy could occupy. Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Jean Gabriel Pageau, Stephane Da Costa and Fredrick Claesson are all ready for regular NHL time, they just don't have the spots for them.

Sounds like another GM earning his pay.

January 31, 2014  01:41 PM ET

Melnyk is a comical dude. Not meaning funny, either- more as embarassing and un-intelligent. Had a tear-fest last season when Karlsson was injured. Now, his organization is "too talented?"

Really? I guess lots of other clubs would be grateful for having such blue-chippers as Lerhner (can't miss prospect who cannot gain the job) , Zibanejad (can he play softer) to the ever-present non-factor in big games - ole' Spezzer.

Other than Karlsson, not a whole lot to salivate over, my friend Geno.

January 31, 2014  02:53 PM ET

Wouldn't it be interesting if the NHL used the same contacting model as the NFL? No fully guaranteed contracts. You don't continue to perform, bye bye. Just might be a bit more motivation for some of these guys

January 31, 2014  05:36 PM ET

He's preparing the way for the pending departures of Spezza and Michalek - finding acceptable takers, - willing to part with real prospects, or bonafides, or, a couple of first rounders - TO-ONie town, are you there. Ha, ha, keep trying Mel-snicker.

January 31, 2014  05:42 PM ET

Even as a sens fan i shake my head at this.... first off there is never TOO much talent... and secondly and probably most importantly is that the talent he talks of is not blue chip talent, yes the sens have lots of mid level talent but that realistically is called depth. The goal is to turn some of that depth, which the sens do have, into some more blue chip talent.

January 31, 2014  05:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He's preparing the way for the pending departures of Spezza and Michalek - finding acceptable takers, - willing to part with real prospects, or bonafides, or, a couple of first rounders - TO-ONie town, are you there. Ha, ha, keep trying Mel-snicker.

Spezza isnt going anywhere. He might be maddening at times but hes still easily the sens most talented forward. Hes been playing on a line with michalek (who he been absolutely horrible and id love to see traded) and about ten other players. Hard to develop chemistry with a different winger every night and to make things happen when the one guy that you do have some chemistry with couldnt put the puck in an empty net on a penalty shot.

 
January 31, 2014  06:29 PM ET

"A number of our players would easily make NHL teams right now -- we just have too much talent on the Senators," said Melnyk.

It's always good when you have at least a handful of players that are NHL caliber players....on your NHL team.

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