Despite mounting evidence that the Ottawa Senators are moving further away from the playoffs and not closer, owner Eugene Melnyk lashed out at his team's critics on Wednesday for suggesting the organization should go back to square one and try again.
"Anybody that says we should blow up this organization should get their own bomb and blow themselves up," said Melnyk, in response to continuing calls for a rebuild in Ottawa.
With apologies to Melnyk, I am not going to follow his advice. I'm 22 years old. I have too much to live for.
I should make it clear, I have tremendous respect for Eugene Melnyk. I like him as a person and I only wish that he owned the Maple Leafs instead of their archrivals in the nation's capital. He's almost the perfect owner—a man who is passionate about hockey and is willing to open his wallet for success, but allows his people to do their jobs.
That being said, when a falling safe is about to hit you, you don't try to convince observers that your head is hard enough to withstand the impact. You get the hell out of the way.
Yes, the Senators have a lot more talent than their record shows; that's why Melnyk is clinging to the hope of turning things around.
But a year and a half of watching his skilled team play like uninspired doormats should be enough to convince the owner that this group of players is not capable of getting it done. And that's without even mentioning all the years of playoff futility before the team made it to the Cup final in 2007.
It's time to wake up and smell the antibiotics, Eugene.
Aside from your captain, your entire core is comprised of players who don't know how to win. You have one of the poorest prospect pools in the NHL, and Daniel Alfredsson is going to retire before this team gets anywhere near a Cup.
It's time to blow it up. Not with a bomb. With a general manager and a BlackBerry.