No sale here

- October 25th, 2012

BRUCE GARRIOCH
Ottawa Sun
Eugene Melnyk won’t be selling the Senators.
While rumours surfaced again this week the club was up for sale, the Senators owner quickly squashed any idea he’ll be handing over the reins of the franchise to someone Thursday.
Former Columbus Blue Jackets president/GM Doug MacLean didn’t mention the Senators by name Tuesday when he told listeners on HockeyCentral at noon on The Fan590 that people were looking at the books of an “Ontario” team.
Since the Toronto Maple Leafs just sold to a consortium from Bell Media and Rogers, it’s pretty clear MacLean was speaking about the prospects of the Senators.
Melnyk told the Sun he’s not going anywhere.
“Quite simply: Not for sale. Not a chance,” said Melnyk in an email. “If you find an owner more committed than me please let me know as I would love to meet them.”
Last year, MacLean and former NHLer Nick Kypreos speculated on the show that Melnyk might be looking for a buyer, but he gave the same answer at that juncture.

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23 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    Just because Gene says he wont be selling the Team, it certainly doesn’t mean he wont. Burke wasn’t talking to the Leafs organization before he joined them. Wilson was not going to be fired by the GM. Hartsburg and Clouston were on solid ground. Just like the Sens were going all the way last year, the Owner sees thinks very differently and has very little respect for the hockey inteligence of the Senator fan base. As a business man, and a successful business man in the Pharmaceutical realm, he would do an about face and pounce if a buck is to be made. With Ottawa living in mediocrity since Murray’s arrival in ’07 when he lost the Stanley Cup with the best team in the NHL, the franchise has gone down hill. He thinks that contrived optimism (delusion) can crank up the volume. No so. With all the chatter about Sly in the last 6 months, things have slown down; no goals for the guy who dominated the SEL and recently likened to Alfredsson. Zibby and his 2 assists in 5 games merits “the most consistent player” by the Coach Luke Richardson (it must have hurt to suggest that Hoffman was playing well). Da Oats-like Costa has no goals, no assists and is minus 3 after 3 games. But, the team has all these young guns from Sweden and 6 in Bingo.

    I hope Gene keeps the team here and I thank him for saving the franchise although he is way tooooo much, but, if I found out he sold the team to Basile or anybody, I would not be shocked in the least little bit.

    As far as Kypreos is concerned, I am sure he ruptures facial muscle every time he opens his mouth because words do not flow but BS does. Doug is tough to take too, but he is far better than the ‘Bleeder” Kypreos!

  2. ChokerHater says:

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, and I’ll guarantee if Melnyk was looking to sell, he’d be denying it, right to the bitter end. Trust me, he’s from the same mould as Bettman. And Bettman’s probably the one who told him to deny it. Not good for NHL business for owners to be putting their franchise up for sale during a bitter strike, and especially if the new owner wants to move them, say to Hamilton, or Seattle. And after two failed (possibly three) ownership attempts, I can only hope that they’ll settle into a new home and get the choking reputation off their back

    What will you cover then Bruce, double A baseball and the Ottawa 67′s or you’ll have to move to Montreal, Toronto or Calgary

  3. Mike8888 says:

    Yes Cokerlover. Melnyk will sell the team and the new owner will definitely move it to another city. Yawn.

    Bobby, it’s early in Bingo’s season. Let’s not write off all of the Sen’s prospects too early. Like you did with Karlsson and Cowen.

  4. KevinF says:

    Now here is a mildly interesting story amidst the lockout gloom. Bruce you report what both sides to this story have said, great. What would make this story infinitely more intriguing, at least to me, is what else you found as you did your due dilligence as a journalist. You seem to have a close friendly relationship with McLean and God knows we have established your cosy relationship with Sens ownership/management. One of these two are being deliberately misleading if not lying outright. Who are McLeans sources and how reliable do you feel they are? What do you think of Melnyk denial. Have you discovered anything more about this or is it just left at, here’s what was said? As someone who has stated several times that you speak to NHL people everyday what do these experts from outside the story have to say?

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    On paper it looks like the B/Sens should have won the game against Portland Pirates last night. They did deliver 40 shots on their goaltender compared to 31 by Portland. Lehner was in the net for the loss and allowed 4 goals.

    Silverberg scored his second goal of the season wiht a short hander but the down side is he is now tied with Da Oats-like Costa for the team lead with minus 3 after 6 games. It looks like Da Oats-like Costa is sitting in the pressbox these days and has only dressed for 3 games. I am sure his no goals, no assists and minus 3 has a lot to do with that. Petersson has only 3 points and has yet to score a goal this year which is extremely disappointing. He has only delivered 11 shots on net and that makes little sense to me unless of course he isn’t getting icetime (my suspission). He sports a minus 1 in the +/-. Zibanejad has no goals and 2 assists and is minus1 this year but is tied with Sly with 21 shots second only to Hoffman’s 26. Claisson has one point and is minus 2.

    Perhaps the Sens have put unrealistic expectations on Zibby and perhaps Sly wont be the type of player that Timmie-boy and the media have been vigorously promoting. Set people up for success not failure and underpromise and over deliver is something I have always favored in sport and in business (and in this case it is case it is the business of sport). I really don’t think Zibby is a goal scorer, he hasn’t shown it in the the past but, he has shown lots of speed, courage, willingness to hit, go into corners, compete and you have got to love that! As for him playing on one of the top two lines, maybe, but I think he could be a very good 3rd liner. As for Sly, we will just have to wait and see. He is learning that the American Hockey League is a far cry from the SEL. The season is young yet and lots can change.

    Boro got 7 more penalty minutes but did not hurt the team as he finished with 0 in +/-. Cowan is still hurt and has only played 3 games.

    The teams really sucks with the man advantage. I wonder who are playing the most when they have a man advantage. I know The Hoff plays the point but that’s it…I suspect that Zibby and Sly play a hell of a lot because they have so registered so many shots on net which leaves me to wonder if Andre is left out much of the time to play second fiddle (I strongly suspect that is the case). I that is true, it can’t do much for his confidence and attitude…can it?

    Did I read right that Smith is a helping the Sens defencemen (will he be the the next to coach in Bingo?).

    I would love to know what the line combinations are and I strongly suspect there are only 2 who are united night after night, otherwise, it is a game of 52 card pick up (that is just my guess).

    Can anyone tell me what the line combinations are? Anyone…please?

    I heard that Iginla lost 7 meg in ’04 and will nlose another 7 meg this year…but it is a noble cause…right?

  6. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    What can I say, I agree with Bobby.
    Last week in the Sun we had a full-page spread on Golden Helmet, he had a point in his first game and ever since has done diddly. Zibanejad has been invisible and a non-factor. Scary to think that David Dzurinsky (sp?) has been a better player of them. Lo and behold yesterday nary a word about the “next Alfredsson” according to Randy Lee.
    Word from Gold Helmet is that in the AHL players converge on you and there is “less room”. No kidding, what was he expecting?

    But we have tons of prospects, they are world-beaters, we will surely be elite for a “long, long time” as Murray is wont of saying. Whatever happens with this hellish lockout, Murray needs to be replaced at the end of his contract, by someone who will focus on the PRO level and that’s not just getting prospects and pumping their tires, but getting ADULTS that can play 82 games + 3 months of playoffs, because no matter how many Calder Cups the Senators get, no one will give a crap once those players line up opposite in the NHL. Hell, didn’t the Atlants Thrashers win that thing once?

    As for Eugene…I take him at his word but I would not be surprised if the team were sold; might not be a bad thing either to have an owner that is more performance-oriented (on and off the ice, financially and professionally) instead of a buddy-buddy that falls in love with his gm and players.

    Happy Halloween and great Sunday all!

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    Congratulations to Brad Fritch of Manotick…we will be seeing him play on the PGA next year (an amazing feat). I didn’t think it was going to happen for him but he proved me wrong (damn it happens often). It demonstrates what can happen when you have the dedication and committment along with talent.

    Nick Watney won the event in Malaysia that was promoted all week as the Caligula Open. It amazes me how easily he is distracted…I have heard and read often that his father (another classic cad) would make loud noises as Caligula practiced to force him to concentrate and blank out distractractions. But he, much like Climbon Mountbuggerme, is ver easily distracted. Indeed, somone can pass gas three fairways away and he/they will have a fit.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I wonder if the results in Bingo is cause for concern at all. We haven’t heard a peep from Senator brass. I know it is early and only 7 games have been played but one of my favourites, Andre Petersson, has yet to score a goal!!! Zibby, who “is a legitimate 1st or 2nd line winger (on the big club this year)” has yet to score a goal and has only 2 pts. Hoffman is not performing like he did last year. Sly, has 1 g, 2 a and is now tied for the team lead with another Swede, Claeson (and Eckford) with a big, fat minus 4 after 7 games.

    The PP is very bad and was zero for 6 again yesterday when they were blanked by the Manchester Monarchs 4 – 0. What is wrong with the PP; who are the ones chosen to play the PP most of the time; is Luc Richardson responsible in any way. After a great start, they have slowed down considerably. The league is better this year with many playing who would have been in the NHL (I think I heard 100).

    Cowan missed another game and I hope he isn’t hurt too bad and returns sooner rather than later. He had a great start! An interesting note is Zack Kassian leads his team in scoring (and fights) with 3 goals and 1 assist after 5 games played. The Canuck management team mapped out a rigorous training regimen for him this past summer which included working out with the Sedins. He shed some pounds, gained muscle and is reportred to be much quicker/stronger….scary.

  9. PaV says:

    Choke, I have to agree with you (there is a first time for everything)……..

    If he is denying, there has to be some truth. Not that I think Doug MacLean isn’t a blowhard, but if Melynk is shopping the team around, he can’t think it won’t get out.

    The NHL PA and the NHL have lost fans. I for one will not go to another game a SBP this season (if there is a season). The players greed is drving me up the wall. They are selfish and not taking in to account what they are doing to the people that need hockey. We were at a sports bar over the weekend… on a Saturday night….. and the place was dead.

    The players should have taken the offer made by the NHL… they made a major mistake. They are going to lose big time.

    Anyone catch the comments made by St. Louis? The guy is a tool. The more the players speak, the more they are digging a hole.

  10. ChokerHater says:

    @Bobby
    I watched the Web.com tournament yesterday, and they hardly showed Fritch, I guess because he had already sort of made it to the big tour, but it was still fun to watch. I felt so bad for Adam Hadwin, late in the round he was on in 2 on a par 5 and ended up with a 5, I’ll bet he’s crying over missed opportunities now.

    @PaV
    thanks, every once in a while I’m right ha ha
    the thing is, if Melynk is selling the team, or even putting out feelers, you and I and all the other smart ones know he is going to deny it. I don’t know where McLean gets his information from, but I don’t think he has an axe to grind with the Senators so I would tend to believe him

    @Mikee8888
    your embarrassing yourself with comments like that
    just sayin

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Melnyk will play with words…he may say he is not selling the team but he didn’t deny allowing some to examine his books. Where there is smoke there is fire and I don’t think Maclean would throw that big matza ball out there if it had no merit (an invention).

    If he did sell the team and it was kept here in Ottawa, I would hope for an owner who was more performance driven. I think someone like a Basile would be that kind of owner. We have to be honest and concede that the Murrays have done very little here since there arrival. They have gone through five head coaches and many assistants (they select). The team hasn’t come close to replicating the success the team and we fans enjoyed since they took over. They hired family and friends, signed tired old men and over-the-hill Russians. They have an obsession for slick but very soft defencemen. The also have an obsession for any hockey player that comes from Sweden and before they lace up a skate to play for the big club they are made stars and the future of the franchise.

    Scandal hasn’t escaped the Sens and battles have been played out in the forum of public opinion…they have even turned Senator fans against one of the best players, Spezza. Only out of necessity did they embrace and endorse him.

    Squeazing into the playoffs only to be bounced in the first round is deemed a success. The team has been reduced to siging players like Obrien, Klinkhammer, Daugavins, Condra and Gilroy. Like Winchester, none of these players will play for another team in the NHL because they simply aren’t good enough. Like Pierre says, mediocrity is totally acceptable.

    What will be the dispostion of the fans IF the young STARS don’t pan out and…what truly is expected from them? Timmie will never say because ihe doesn’t want it quantifyable or measureable.

    I tend to believe that Gene would sell the team I just hope it stays here in Ottawa with a entirely new management team of individuals with an NHL pedigree.

  12. OD99 says:

    Have your laptop die when on the road and you miss a lot of business and a lot of Off The Post comments!

    I am still waiting for new work laptop but dug out an old one to use for now…I missed some of the Bingo games but did see the one’s this weekend and will supply comment there in a moment but first I have to question why Melnyk denying he is attempting to sell the team means he is lying or being disingenuous to some degree?\

    By that logic if he had stated he was trying to sell the team he would have meant he wasn’t? Who knows why people say what they do but if he says he isn’t selling it I believe him until I have a reason (other than Chokerlovers “guarantee” and pleas to “trust him”) not to.

    Anyway, on to this man’s opinion of the B-Sens to date:

    DaCosta was hurt in the off season I believe and missed most of training camp then got injured again – he isn’t a healthy scratch and I doubt he would be unless something drastic happened. Let him get into a groove and play a few games before we trash him.

    Petersson is getting plenty of ice time playing with Hoffman (and I believe Stone was the other winger before he got hurt) and on the PP – brutal honesty is he doesn’t seem that interested for whatever reason and isn’t that involved in the games. Should be much better

    Stone had put two very good games together before his injury and I have been very pleasantly surprised at how quickly he seems to be making adjustments to pro…his hockey IQ is what is allowing him to have success so far.

    Cowen was playing very good as well and his absence is a large hole on the blue line.

    Hoffman has been OK the last few games – flashes of what he is capable of but hasn’t put a full game together. Great speed and quick, hard shot…still think he will make a push for NHL this season.

    Zibby needs to work on consistency as when he is determined on a play you can see he has all the tools…power, speed, shot but he is not a natural scorer and if he can put up Fisher-like numbers I would be quite pleased at this stage. That said, he is a teenager and the sky is the limit and he is being used for important face-offs a lot.

    Silf has me scratching my head a little as has yet to look like he can dominate at the AHL level but at the same time his speed, positioning and his shot are all well above average. Going from large ice to the smallest ice in the A must be a huge adjustment though and while this may be the optimist in me I think his game will look better in the NHL than it does in the minors. He was the best player for the Sens against Portland and his shortie was a beauty…he will be a mainstay on the PK.

    Pageau looks pretty good and is surprisingly responsible in his own end

    Boro is biding time before being on the big club

    DD continues to look good…big and with some jam.

    Lehner is awesome – one game so far that he has let in more than one goal and has a 1.80 GAA and a .938 save %

    Claesson could be a…

  13. Daniel Murphy says:

    Pav, you are spot on. The players are the losers no matter what happens. Why a bunch of high school drop-outs think they can bring successful billionaire businessmen to their knees is beyond me. Losing a season for many players will hit their bank accounts and life styles significantly. Let’s face it, if any one of use took one year off without pay, our lifestyle, as humble as it may be, would be impacted.

    World Series was a bit anti-climatic. I was happy the Giants won but there certainly was not very much drama or excitement.

    Melnyk will sell….sooner than later.

  14. Bobby Goodman says:

    I had the distinct pleasure of playing some hockey with/against Murray Costello many years back on Tuesday nights. Not only was he a classy centerman but he is aslo a very bright and very classy man. Once in a while we would bump into each other in an airport or on a plane and he would always mention John Bradley’s record for most goals scored in one night (I think it was 12 or 13). There were some good hockey players that played. I forget many as I didn’t play a lot (some played all the time and some off and one): Phil Letray (one of the most natural goal scorers I ever witnessed), Chris Draper’s uncle, Patty Draper (super good guy), Derek Holmes (annoying hacker and whiner), Ross Webley, Brian Smith and of course my twin brother Billy and older brother Johnny.

    Murray played in the NHL for 4 years and he is very different than the Hokey Canada folks of today who cut or don’t invite talented kids to play for their country (RNG, Toffoli, etc.). Silly bugger was not in the job description. Politics did not rule the day.

    It was my pleasure indeed to get to know Murray and it wasn’t much, but enough to leave a lasting impression of great respect for the man. I wish him all the very best and Murray, JB still holds the record!

  15. ChokerHater says:

    @Bobby Goodman

    Watch what you wish for
    Basillie is a wack job
    that’s why he doesn’t already own an NHL team, he has the money, but the league doesn’t need any more Harrold Ballards, as much as I dislike Bettman, he’s right on in keeping this wacko out of the league

  16. Bobby Goodman says:

    Choke, we didn’t get to see a lot of Fritsch because the camera’s focussed on those who were on the bubble and Fritsch was relatively safe. I did feel bad for Hadwin but his time will come. He has a wonderful golf swing. This kid List has a magnificent swing and he hits the ball longe!!!

    Dan, I was disappointed in the world series; was mostly boring. San Fran won and I would never have predicted. I wanted to see Detroit make it competitive but the did not.

    Is the Winter Classic really something fans are interested in? I don’t even watch them and I guess I just don’t get it. This year would have had Toronto playing in the game…must be because the team is so damn deep with talented hockey players; go figure. The “Winter Classic” is discussed and celebrated like it is the Holy Grail but it aint. I can understand going to the game, like NCAA football, it is one big cocktail party but for television viewing and pure hockey entertainment, it falls far short.

    I cannot believe Suter…the kid who just signed a 98 milllion dollare deal for Minni (I will never get that one and it ranks up there with Sather giving Bobby Hoik $9m/yr). These kids are so cocky they are dissing the ones who have made them multi-millionaires. I wonder how that makes the owner(s) feel?

    The longer this drags out the less I give a damn. The media all point to the The Farlley Bothers, Smug Smurph and the Chrome, but this entire affair reveals much more about the players. The others are doing exactly what they are told to do…and the players are doing what they are advised to do. Is it good advice? I think not.

  17. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Chokerlover,
    I guess you know more than I do about embarrassing yourself with comments. I’ll give you that one.

    Even if Melnyk was to sell the team, to say that the new owner would try to relocate it is asinine. The NHL is still trying to hang in there with an unsucessful team like Phoenix, the Sen’s are successful and the NHL would never allow it to be moved.

  18. KevinF says:

    Don’t know about you but I am deeply touched and comforted that Geno really, really cares and empathizes with us fans. Sure he continues to padlock his doors and keep not only his players out but also denies hundreds of others of badly needed income, but it’s the OTHERS who are doing this, he’s on our side. Way to play both sides of the fence Eugene, I sure all the seals will clap their little fins and loudly arf their approval of your courageous and not at all transparent stand.

  19. Bobby Goodman says:

    So Rory Mclroy is demonstrating, like many others, where loyalty lies. He is leaving Titleist for the Nike, knowing full well that the Chinese are among the worlds worst human rights offenders basically enslaving workers (often children) in horrendous working conditions.

    He is now like Woods, in a postion to dictate terms. They would rather play an exhibition than play in a WGC event and IMO there is an obligation when you are numbers 1 and 2 in the world. Of course they got $2.0M and $1.0M respectively for the hit and giggle match (chump change for them). McIlroy is now in that rarefied air that affords him the opportunity to make obscene amounts of money. It is because he has climbed to that stratosphere that I find his decision particularly repugnant. I love the kid but don’t like his latest decisions. One has to wonder why Titleist decided to pull the plug and what was their line in the sand. I give Titleist credit for not succumbing to a bidding war for his services. One thing is for sure, Nike needs McElroy more than Titleist him. Having said that, if the rumours are true, it is pretty hard to turn down a 10 year 20M/yr deal. I would even forfeit my position as the OtP crusty SOB for that type of money.

    Money will always do the talking but I wonder when decencey might prevail over greed. It would be interesting to know what the difference might have been between the Nike and Titlest contracts? If someone is going to make 50 or 55 million in a year (and I pulled them out of a hat) does it really make a difference? Titleist manufactures their products in the US and the UK. Ping manufactures everything they make in the US. Nike, like Apple chooses to turn a blind eye to human abuses and elect to have everything made in China.

    Against the back drop of people out of work, losing their homes, the devastation of super storm Sandy we have professional hockey players, golfers and athletes in general wanting even more. It makes me ill.

  20. OD99 says:

    About to watch the Norfolk Admirals take on the Sens…here are the lines to start

    per: Grady Whittenburg

    D pairs: Weircioch/Benoit, Borowiecki/Wideman, Eckford/Claesson

    Forward lines: Z-Grant-Silfverberg, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Petersson, Hoffman-Pageau-Jessiman, Cowick-DaCosta-Prince

    Lehner in goal

  21. OD99 says:

    Nice road win for the lads against a Norfolk team that had an 18 game home winning streak going (earlier this season they had their 32 game winning streak snapped).

    Good to see Prince out there. Didn’t stand out good or bad but didn’t shy away physically which was good to see.

    Silf looked good in flashes and seems like he is starting to find a bit more time with the puck – he had a few nice shots and rang one off the post…was also the decoy on Wier’s 2-1 goal (with a great feed from DaCosta after he forced a turn over in the corner).

    Hoffman was good and his play with Pageau was super sweet. Hoff carried it up the ice, crossed the blueline and slowed down to create some space, cut to the middle and dropped to Pageau who sent it right back to him and Hoffman fired a low one to the corner.

    Petersson goal from Zib and Silf on PP was OK but wasn’t stellar passing play…the PP continues to look awful- only thing they do is winger back to D and shoot the puck.

    Jessiman is an interesting player…big and good hands, sort of Penner type and he is meaner than Penner for sure but he just isn’t quick enough…could be called up though.

    Wideman looks pretty bad out there and I am very interested to see how the team looks when Cowen comes back. They started to struggle when he went down and he seems like a very steadying presence. Also hope Stone comes back soon and he can pick up where he left off.

    Lehner was OK, looked steady two goals were redirections/rebounds.

    Team in general doesn’t seem to have much flow to it yet…they struggle in their own end containing although part of that I believe is them playing a looser style to let teams have the outside but offensively they aren’t that creative and the break outs don’t impress.

    Schultz is ripping it up so far down there…certainly living up to the hype so far – more than the hype actually. And apparently the Sens were thiiiis close to getting him…the Oilers might be a dynasty for a while if they get a goalie because Yakopov is ripping up the KHL as well.

  22. Bobby Goodman says:

    Aint it the truth Dave…and Yak is blowing them away with his skill the KHL. With all that was made good by the LA win the mo has been lost and I strongly suspect it will very difficult t to get back. Winger back to D and shoot the puck…now that sounds very familiar…that is what the Sens do. With so many who can do some dandy things with the puck I wonder why they play that way. I like movement on the PP! I think the line combinations are bizarre. Cannone in the middle on the line with Peterssn and D and he has I g and 0 assists in 8 games. I am sure it looks good to Luc. Hoffman is a natural center but plays the wing (which he is very capable at) for the 5-8, 160 lb Pageau. But, what do I know from nothing…..nothing.

    Pierre, Basille may be a wack job but name an owner who isn’t. From what I can gather (and we wont ever really know) Basille was rejected because he “wouldn’t play by the wacky rules set out by the ‘club’!”. Hell, even Gene doesn’t play by the rules and Kevin is right on…isn’t Melnyk a member of the Club that forced the lock out? Really and truly, every time he opens his mouth I wonder how the hell he got rich. If you read a bit of his interview (in the other paper earlier in the week) it was so fragmented you would get lost; I had to read it several times. He should be given questions well in advance to give him time to have someone coach him how to respond without embarrassing himself.

  23. Bobby Goodman says:

    I wonder why it is, every time I read a story about Maclean (again today in the Sun) he goes out of his way to mention how impressed he is with Zibanejad and Silfverberg. Sly has 4 points in 9 games only 1 pt short of 5 which sadly leads the team, but he sports a minus 5, one short of the team’s worst. This is the guy who was a wizard in the SEL last year and league MVP! Zibby has 2 points in 9 games (no goals) and is minus 2! Perhaps that is why Don suggests that “Mika Zibanejad, may not quite yet belong” (in the NHL) but “Silfverberg would seem to be a lock”. Seriously? And then there is the Coach, Maclean, who after watching the preseason and the 4th and 5th games this year says that ” up front, Zibanejad was probably the better forward in one game, Silfverberg was the better forward in the other game”. There was no mention of Hoffman registering 7 points in two games in the preseason and currently tying the team lead with 5 points. From what I hear and I have yet to see a game, he is is the guy who makes it happen every night with his speed, skill and amazing shot. Zibby and Sly play together ever night. Petersson plays with FB Cannone (firing blanks) who as the set up man has 1g and no assists this year and he is a centerman). Petersson also plays with D2 who had 11 goals last year in the AHL and 6 the year before. The Hoff plays wing with the 160 lb rookie Pageau (who has 2 pts this year both assists and that is all) in the middle and Jessiman who at 29 has been in the AHL forever and had all of 7 goals last year. Does that make a lot of sense?

    One can’t help but wonder why the organization pushes so hard to promote certain players yet completely ignore others. It doesn’t matter that Lehner was one of the leagues worst last year in the AHL, all that is forgotton but compared to Bishop and according to Don, he is much better. Why, because Bishop was bad in the only two games he played this year. It doesn’t make sense to me but it must to Don.

    If the AHL is a development league for the big club, why not put kids in a position to succeed not fail. I am not worried about Hoffman, you can put him with bums and he will survive because he has emerged as a hockey player and his confidence has grown exponentially since his first days with the organization. But Petersson is still in the Dog House. His 15 shots on net so far this year speaks volumes. Pageau gets more print that he. AP is the guy who scored 23 goals as a rookie in the A last year, will Zibby or Sly do the same? I doubt it very much. Zibby may score 8 and Sly 15…that would be my guess. So why not invest in an asset that has proven what he can do. Petersson is alone and I would bet that Zibby and Sly both see far more PP time than he (shots on net is a real indicator). If that is true, you have to ask why? I like Sly and Zibby playing together it should help them both. But why split up Petersson and Hoffman? It makes no sense to me.

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