August 18th, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-18

 

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All attention was on the Ottawa Senators this week, what with the Alfredsson presser and the woefully delayed mainstream media reporting of Eugene Melnyk’s financial issues. Travis Hair (@TravisHeHateMe on Twitter) has been way, way out of ahead of this story for a couple of months, but because his work is hosted on hockeybuzz.com it has been ignored. 

 

Remember the old adage: “don’t judge a book by its cover?” It’s applicable to journalism to it seems: “don’t judge reporting by where the work is hosted.”

 

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Overall the Senators organization had a tough week to say the least. Alfredsson completely and totally schooled them in the public relations game, and it wasn’t even close. I mean, he called Ottawa home consistently during his press conference, referred to his children as “Ottawans” and the entire thing happened at a mental health hospital Alfredsson has volunteered at for the past two decades – so the Senators were in a hole right away.

 

Then Alfredsson began talking, and essentially admitted he’d conspired with the club to circumvent the salary cap while accusing the Senators – in effect – of breaking a verbal agreement betwee the two sides. Ouch.

 

Melnyk compounded things when he blamed super agent J.P. Barry for outright “lying” to Alfredsson about Ottawa’s contract offers to their former captain. Barry wisely took the high road when asked for comment. 

 

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Isn’t it funny how in the midst of an offseason clustercuss we forget totally about judging organizations based on the quality of their hockey teams?

 

Lost in the din of the Alfredsson back-and-forth and the “internal cap” and other assorted handwringings is the fact that the Senators had one of the best offseasons, from a hockey perspective, of any team in the league.

 

That top-six forward group could be frightening what with Jason Spezza, Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan, Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris and Cory Conacher. Meanwhile Ottawa’s bottom six packed with useful grinders from Chris Neil to Erik Condra to Colin Greening to Zack Smith. Their top-pairing of Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot might be the best in the Atlantic division next season, and Craig Anderson is being slept on as a potential US Olympic team goalie, but I’d be seriously considering him if I were David Poile and co…

 

In other words: don’t let the off-ice dysfunction distract you from the reality, which is that the Senators will likely compete with Detroit and Boston for the division crown this upcoming season.

 

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The same applies in Vancouver, I think. Luongo isn’t happy to be returning to Vancouver and the organization still looks silly in the wake of their complete mishandling of the whole Schneider/Luongo saga. Combin