Think of a reason why Ottawa Senators star Erik Karlsson would like to stay in Ottawa.
His mentor former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson has left the team twice … first as a player and second as a part of management. What will Alfredsson’s advice be to Karlsson? It’s obvious.
Add to that the cyberbullying Karlsson’s wife has taken. Horrible memories there.
And the team stinks. It is divided and demoralized and about to be dismantled. The Senators’ future in Ottawa is in doubt with the financial situation surrounding owner Eugene Melnyk a topic of intense speculation. So if Karlsson wants to win (and the time for a player to capture the Stanley Cup in very short), that will not happen anytime soon in the nation’s capital.
You’ve seen the last of Erik Karlsson in a Senators uniform.
As for the Senators, well, the team management is not stupid. The club will make a market offer to Karlsson but not with much conviction. Rather, it will be to placate the fans. Big market teams want Karlsson and are stupid enough to pay $12 million a year for a player that might not ever be able to recover from his extensive and repeated leg injuries.
The Senators traded forward Mike Hoffman as quickly as possible for a bag of Danish pucks to try to put some horrible public relations behind them, get some fans in the building next year and take a problem out of the locker room. But the team on the ice is weaker without Hoffman, leaving the abuse allegations aside.
The Senators under Melnyk have provided some wonderful entertainment but this team is done.
The question is, are the Senators done in Ottawa?
How long is Melnyk prepared to put up with this garbage seeing that he is probably losing $10 million a year on the team?
The big question is not Hoffman nor Karlsson nor rebuilding, but if the team can possibly remain in this city much longer.
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