Billboards designed to put pressure on Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the team or quit the organization have gone up at several locations around Ottawa.The billboards went up Monday and will remain for two weeks on four locations so far.
Spencer Callaghan raised money for the billboards back in February and revealed how great it felt for them to be installed in an interview with CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning Monday.
"I'm doing this for the fans. More than 420 fans donated to this campaign, and we raised over $10,000," he said.
Defenseman Mark Borowiecki does not agree with what the frustrated fans are doing as he noted that Melnyk stepped forward to purchase the franchise so it would stay in Ottawa.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” said Borowiecki to the Ottawa Sun. “I will say I don’t think running a sports franchise is quite as easy as some people think it is. There’s a lot to it that people can’t understand and don’t appreciate.
“Eugene’s stepped up big for this city. I remember growing up and being a fan when there was a real danger of losing this team. Fans might have gripes — certain sections of that fanbase especially might take issues with things. But there was a real possibility a few years ago we wouldn’t have a team here.
Controversial analysis on Hockey Night in Canada Don Cherry completely agreed with him on Saturday night during the first intermission of the game between the Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes.
"There is a guy who spent millions of dollars, and people don't show up. Now people say 'Oh well, if they had a winning club, we would go.' They had a winning club last year, were one shot away from the Stanley Cup finals and they still didn't sell out! He is nuts to even stay there."
He then went on to urge the owner to make a move and sell the team to Quebec City, who has been looked past twice by the NHL with the recent Vegas Golden Knights addition and the expansion growing to Seattle, who is expected to land the 32nd team in the league. Cherry's co-star Ron MacLean reminded viewers how Melnyk claimed they would be better somewhere else than Ottawa during the NHL 100 festivities back in December, which triggered Cherry to urge the Sens owner to get out.
"In Quebec even better!" yelled Cherry. "Listen, they would sell out in Quebec in a heartbeat!"
Back in January, the National Capital Commission confirmed an agreement in principle with the RendezVous LeBreton group to redevelop LeBreton Flats, the future grounds for the Ottawa Senators.
However, Cherry might be on to something... Would you like to see Quebec City get the Sens and make them the most important priority in the city?