“I’m not going to blow a lifetime of working hard to support a hockey team. It’s not gonna happen. The bigger question is whether I’m prepared to blow all that money I made over many years in a different industry in a different country.
Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk's comments stabbed Sens fans in the back on the festive weekend in Canada's capital city on Friday. Bruce Arthur and Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star joined the Breakfast Club on TSN radio this morning to discuss different roads to a new arena, and how distasteful some teams have been.
Sure, the Senators would probably do much better if the arena was located in a different area - but some experts believed the team would be more liked if the owner was someone else.
Looking at the Calgary Flames, and the feud that took place between Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is quite distasteful as well, according to Arthur. Many insiders report Nenshi's attitude to be the biggest impediment to having meaningful negotiations on the possibility of a much-needed new venue. Threats of relocating to Houston, or Quebec City, or Seattle has been weighing heavily on the minds of Flames fans.
And what about the Edmonton Oilers' strategy to get their new arena? Arthur mentions that Oilers owner Daryl Katz and NHL legend Wayne Gretzky showing up for different events in Seattle during negotiations was also "quite distasteful."
Come to think of it, the New York Islanders have made fans constantly question the future of the team in the city, with a recent move, and an upcoming one that will have a major impact on the face of the franchise John Tavares' future with the club as he waits, like all Isles fans, to make a decision on his association with the team.
And do we need to mention the Arizona Coyotes? The ongoing uncertainty of the club is simply a joke on the poor fans, who still show up to games.
So, what do you think? Which NHL team has had the most distasteful road to a new arena?