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Should City Put Money Into New Sens Arena?

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Can Ottawa afford to subsidize the Ottawa Senators?


The long-term future of the Senators, your agent always thought, is not as sound as many locals think.

Multi-millionaires don’t become multi-millionaires losing $10 million a year. And I don’t doubt at all (having covered the former owner Rod Bryden difficulties with the Senators) that they are losing that kind of money … or more with the very soft Canadian dollar today. Revenue is earned with low Canadian dollars but player expenses are in high U.S. dollars. That’s the formula that got Bryden in such trouble … a huge currency obstacle.

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No Tax Money For New Arena: Rabble

A tour of the Canadian Tire Centre: Will the Senators be able to move downtown?


Rabble.ca takes on the issue of public money for professional sports and says the idea comes up lacking:

The National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators want to abandon the club’s 20-year-old arena in the suburb of Kanata and rebuild near the city’s downtown.

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Melnyk Better Than Ottawa Deserves

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Melnyk

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was released from hospital on Wednesday and is on the mend.

Congratulations to Melnyk, his liver transplant donor (who is doing well) and to his medical team.

Melnyk is an important part of this community. He and the Senators organization are not just a vital business and a publicity machine for the city, but a big part of the charitable scene of Ottawa.

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Melnyk Issue: Every Life Is Precious

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Melnyk

Your agent doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about the resources of people who are dying.

We just want people to live.

So yes, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk used facilities that others don’t have to get a liver donor … the publicity machine of his hockey club. The point is, his life was on the line. What is the alternative? Watch him slowly die? Not acceptable.

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Melnyk Issue Debated On Facebook

A Facebook friend takes on the issue of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s liver transplant:

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The Ethics Of The Melnyk Illness

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Melnyk

I think we’re all glad that there is hope for Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk in his fight for life due to liver problems.

But ethical issues surround this case.

One of them is discussed by Robert Roberts, a frequent Bulldog contributor, in an email to me:

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Watson, Chiarelli Make New York Times

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Must be a slow news day in New York.

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere …

It’s Hockey Night in Manhattan with two of our favourite politicians Mayor Jim Watson and College Councillor Rick Chiarelli starring in a New York Times article on hockey madness in Canada.

Apparently Watson is so enthralled by his place in the Times that he is thinking of running for office in Gotham in 2017.

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Watson’s Fiscal Disaster

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Melnyk

Fortunately there are people with the Senators who are expert at running a NHL franchise. You won’t find them at Ottawa City Hall.

All the city has done is deny Sens owner Eugene Melnyk help in getting a MLS franchise and not even letting the Sens bid on a casino.

City politicians are very quick to cash in on the popularity of a winning team but are loathe to help the Senators turn a reasonable profit. It’s hypocrisy of the highest order with their bets of Beaver Tails versus smoked meat.

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Welcome To Sens Foot

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Watson

Mayor Jim Watson finally got to open Sens Mile on the weekend courtesy of the hard work and talent of the Ottawa Senators.

Watson’s always there for good news on the Sens. Never hurts to hitch your political wagon to something that’s a local winner. Funny, you never see him when the Sens miss the playoffs.

And the the irony of the mayor supporting the Sens is not lost on not-very-acute observers of local politics. Was it not Watson who wouldn’t let Sens owner Eugene Melnyk even bid on an OLG casino that would have helped the money-losing team survive over time? Ah how quickly Watson’s memory is short when it is opportune for him. To be sure, he is nothing but an opportunist when it comes to politics.

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Watson, Sens Plugs Get Embarrassing

OK, OK, this is enough. First opening Sens Mile, now this.

The way Mayor Jim Watson is trying to cash in on the Senators’ popularity is getting embarrassing. If Watson plays a regular defence shift for the Sens, then The Bulldog will give him credit for their success. Frankly, his skating is not good enough.

Remember Your Worship, it’s not all about you. This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Mayor’s Sens Plugs Get MORE Embarrassing

Mayor Jim Watson using the Sens success for his political purposes is getting even MORE embarrassing.

Watson wants people to tweet him to show their Sens support. Not the Sens … just the mayor. Does the man have no shame?

First the Sens Mile, then raising the Sens flag, then tweeting the mayor to show support for the Sens … or is it support for the mayor?

The mayor’s Sens tweet is below:

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Mayor’s Sens Plugs Get EVEN MORE Embarrassing

Mayor Jim Watson’s use of the Senators for his publicity is just incredible.

First the Sens Mile, then the Sens flag-raising, then the tweet asking Sens fans to show their support of the team by tweeting the mayor and now the Sens bet with Montreal, .

In answer to the rhetorical question The Bulldog asked earlier, “Does the man have no shame?” the answer is obvious. Good ole Jim.

This is a release from the Office of Mayor Jim Watson:

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Sens Mile Opens Sunday

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa – Mayor Watson and members of Council will officially open Sens Mile and unveil the new street signs to be used this year.

What: Sens Mile

Opening

Where: The southwest corner of Lisgar St. and Elgin St.

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City Drops Early Sens Mile Plan

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

As this was a ceremonial, goodwill motion, the city has decided to abide by the Senators’ request and delay the implementation of Council’s motion, with the concurrence of the Mayor and the mover and seconder of the motion.

This approach is being taken as a respectful, timely and cost-effective response to the Senators request. Should there be any procedural questions arising from this delay, these would be addressed at the Council meeting on April 15, 2015.

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Team Says No To Early Sens Mile

go sens goThis is a release from the Ottawa Senators:

Dear Councillor,

Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder has reached out to Mayor Jim Watson and to Councillor Rick Chiarelli, thanking Ottawa City Council for its support for the team’s strong push to post-season play but asking that implementation of the Red Mile be deferred until after the Sens clinch a playoff spot – a tradition the Senators would like to maintain.

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Hamburglar For Mayor

With Sens goalie Andrew Hammond’ work ethic, he’s a perfect candidate for mayor.

The Hamburglar for mayor.

Now the skeptical among us might say that Andrew Hammond, the Ottawa Senators goaltender who came out of nowhere to take the local boys within a whisper of the playoffs, doesn’t know anything about city hall.

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The Hamburglar Burgled

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Why would Ottawa coach Dave Cameron take the hottest goalie in hockey and maybe the best hockey player in the world for the past few games out of the lineup for the crucial tilt with the Boston Bruins?

Andrew Hammond was a huge part in helping bring the Senators within putting distance of the Boston Bruins for the last NHL playoff spot. Let the guy at least have a chance to blow the key game last week against the Beantowners rather than pulling him for the regular man between the pipes, Craig Anderson. We discovered later that Anderson was even playing hurt.

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Sens Improve Game-Night Traffic

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club are introducing changes that will assist hockey fans leaving the Canadian Tire Centre, via Cyclone Taylor Boulevard onto Huntmar Drive.

For approximately one hour, beginning immediately after each Senators evening home game this season, Huntmar Drive from Cyclone Taylor Boulevard will operate with two lanes heading northbound across the Highway 417 overpass to Campeau Drive and the newly constructed roundabout.

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Spezza On Trading Block

Sportsnet is reporting that its on-air personality Nick Kypreos says the Ottawa Senators are seeking offers from Western Conference NHL teams to trade captain and star forward Jason Spezza.

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Senators’ Plight Has Good Side

The Bulldog would rather have the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs than out.

But there are advantages to all this.

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Richmond Is Hockeyville

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Moffatt

Richmond is the perfect community for hosting Kraft Hockeyville during the television Hockey Day In Canada extravaganza.

Richmond, in the southwest part of the City of Ottawa, brings its residents together each year to bring the area its famous fair, one of the best such gatherings in rural Ottawa. Despite being part of Ottawa, it is a community unto itself with a proud heritage and caring populace … a lot like the rest of rural Ottawa.

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Sens Problems Reflect Spezza’s Woes

Ottawa Senators fans remember the offensive brilliance of captain Jason Spezza but they often forget the gripping mistakes.

When the Ottawa Senators chose centre Jason Spezza as their new captain, presumably they chose him to be an example for the rest of the team.

And now as more than a third of the season has disappeared, we know the Senators were right.

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Senators Unveil Major CTC Upgrade

This is an edited release from the Ottawa Senators:

In conjunction with Cisco Canada and Canadian Tire, the Ottawa Senators have unveiled Canadian Tire Centre Vision, an innovative digital video and content distribution system which will be installed at Canadian Tire Centre in the coming weeks.

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Has Watson Driven The Sens From Ottawa?

 Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is a pretty angry guy right now.

And well he should be.

His organization is in the toughest Canadian NHL market. What not Winnipeg, you say? No.

That’s because while the Jets might have a smaller population from which to draw customers, that city has a larger private sector than Ottawa that will buy tickets, advertise and sponsor the team. Government can’t do that.

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Sens, City, A Casino And Public Apathy

Mayor Jim Watson and the Sens Cyril Leeder in happier days.

Sometime next spring Mayor Jim Watson will offer a bet against his opposite number in the city of the team opposing the Ottawa Senators in the NHL playoffs.

No doubt the Ottawa bet will be something like Beavertails and if it is against Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford will no doubt serve up a large confection of crow.

The video above shows Sens head honcho Cyril Leeder accepting a plaque (when does this ever happen?) from the ceremonial mayor. One wonders if such an event occurs next year, if Leeder, a brilliant businessman and very nice person, will even show. Such has the relationship deteriorated between the mayor and the Ottawa Senators. That should never have been allowed to happen.

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