When you think the drama is over in Ottawa, the Senators organization hits you one more time. Last night, the big deal was around superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson. Just last night? Of course not. It has been all season long, leading to the trade deadline when Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion however, quiet down the trade chatter in a post-deadline conference. He then explained that none of the offers made were worthy of the star defender and that he would try his best to re-sign Karlsson on July 1st, a year before the blue liner is eligible for free agency. Dorion reiterated his wish to re-sign his captain last week in a conference call with the season-ticket holders.
Last night, Karlsson put the cherry on top of the sundae when he sneakily skated over to the net and picked up the puck that was inside of it during the last home game for the Senators. It's a gesture that has many believing that Karlsson decided to keep a momento of what will be the final game he ever plays in Ottawa as a member of the Ottawa Senators organization.
Talking of gesture, another one was exposed and this time, it truly shows how poor the Senators really are. During the game, lucky fans were chosen to win a gift card. A fan, named Joe Boughner, who has since gone viral, tweeted out last night in sarcasm that the Sens' horrible season was salvaged because he and people from his row won a 10-dollar gift card from McDonalds.
However, he later tweeted that the card was never activated and therefore the Senators handed out empty gift cards to their loyal fans. And cue to the many jokes involving owner Eugene Melnyk and his speech from the NHL 100 centennial game where he said he was tired of putting loads of money in a club no one comes out to see play.
Boughner was a good enough sport only to laugh at the incident, but clearly it is a sad reality of what is really going on in Ottawa. And he also started to trend on social media.
That may salvage the pitiful season after all, no?
Hopefully, money will not be a problem when it comes to re-signing Karlsson to a lengthy contract, right Melnyk?