It’s time for Sens fans to put their money where their mouths are.
For years, fans would look at the Toronto Maple Leafs and laugh at them for being such a bad team. But they would also laugh at the fans for continuing to support the team. “How could Leaf fans continue to support the team by buying tickets and actually going to to the games?” they would say.
Now, Ottawa is the third worst team in the league. They are the third worst in the Eastern conference in goals. They can’t get secondary scoring.
If you go back a year, they have one of the worst records in the NHL. They’ve had three head coaches and none of them can get this team to respond.
Now, there’s a few reasons why the Sens are so bad. First, I’m tired of people saying the Sens draft well. They haven’t had a good first round pick that is still with the team since 2001, when they drafted Jason Spezza second overall. But since then?
• 2001: Tim Gleason, 23rd overall: Traded before he ever played an NHL game for a player no longer with the team.
• 2002: Jakub Klepis, 16th overall: Again, traded before he ever played a game for a player no longer with the team.
• 2003: Patrick Eaves, 29th overall: Good news! He actually played for the Sens. But was traded for two players who are no longer part of the team.
• 2004: Andrej Meszaros, 23rd overall: Just traded last season and the players still play for the team!
• 2005: Brian Lee, 9th overall: Has played a total of six games in his NHL career, and is having trouble making the lineup of one of the worst teams in the league.
I didn’t include the last three years because it hasn’t been enough time to make an impact yet. But that’s five poor years of drafting. But when your best pick once scored 20 goals in a season and that’s about it, you know you’re not drafting well.
Now, general manager Bryan Murray has not been able to bring in the players needed to help this team. In fact, since Bryan Murray took over after the team went to the Stanley Cup finals, there are 11 players no longer with the team, and they have become one of the worst in the league. There are nine who played in the final playoff game that year that are now playing elsewhere.
Why is there no one calling for Murray to be fired? He hasn’t been able to get any players for secondary scoring help, can’t control the team’s demise, but yet all of Ottawa seems to believe he’s still the man for the job. How does that happen?
And fans are foolish for believing this team could be competitive. They’re like the Lightning from a couple of years ago. One good line, not much more scoring help and suspect goaltending. Why do fans believe this can be the recipie for success?
So what’s left? It’s time the fans took their own advice, and stop going to games. Don’t boo the Sens after a bad loss, let there be a silence that can only be done with empty seats.
The Sens fans gave this advice to Leaf fans for years. Let’s see if they can take it when it’s their team that sucks.
After all, the best way to support your team when they’re down is to give up on them completely, or so they say.