I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the Ottawa Senators. I may have said some things in the past that seemed mean and hurtful, but I would like to set the record straight.
First off, I would like to apologize for calling them a one-line team. Obviously, that was a mistake, as they didn’t even have that one line.
I would also like to apologize for saying the team has no depth and that rest of the team can’t score if the top line doesn’t. Obviously, five goals in four games is more than enough scoring to win a playoff series, provided your goalie plays perfectly.
I am sorry for believing in karma. When you fire your general manager after going to the Cup finals because he didn’t trade for the right players, that had to be the right move for your team. Just because the only trade deadline deal the new GM did was to bring in a guy who played a total of five minutes in Game 3 of the playoffs, and seven minutes in Game 4, shouldn’t reflect poorly on said GM. Obviously, the new GM couldn’t find a willing trade partner at the trade deadline who was willing to trade a top player away.
I am sorry for panning a trade that brought in Commodore and Stillman. Having no goals, two assists and a minus 9 in 26 regular season games for Commodore really showed his strengths, as did scoring three goals and being a minus eight in 24 games did for Stillman. Of course, they were brought in for their playoff prowess. Those two did lead the Sens in playoff points with two points each, which is no easy feat considering how much talent this team has. Never mind that Stillman was a minus four, and Commodore made several defensive gaffes, they still led the team in scoring.
I have said countless time that most of your players (not all, but most) have no heart. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Taking 13 shots in the first two periods of an elimination Game 4 shows lots of heart. Not digging down deep to do the dirty work was all heart. Backing into the playoff by having other teams lose is pure guts.
I am truly apologetic that I defended the Penguins when so many people got angry when they thought Pittsburgh tanked their final regular season game so they could play Ottawa in the first round. Obviously, that plan was foolish and should never have been attempted.
Most of all, I would also like to apologize for saying the Penguins would win the series in six games. That was very, very wrong of me.