WE ARE ALL POTENTIAL CONTENT
I would normally take great pleasure in the downfall of the Ottawa Senators — a team I live to see lose to the Leafs. But this week I think I’ve managed to find it in my ice cold blue and white heart to actually feel a little sorry for the Sens. How else can you feel for a group of guys who have been filmed without their knowledge or consent talking major smack about their coach and their poorly performing team in the back seat of an Uber?
If you haven’t seen the leaked video yet, which appears to be a recording from a camera mounted on the driver’s dash — here’s a replay: seven pro hockey players are stuffed like sardines into an SUV where they proceed to dis
for nearly five minutes straight, Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond and the team’s struggling defence. In the words of Sens forward Matt Duchene, captured on a dashboard camera chirping Raymond from the back seat: “Marty Raymond, the only coach in NHL history to have the worst power-play and the worst (penalty kill) within a calendar year.” Duchene can
also be heard admitting on tape that he hasn’t paid attention to Raymond’s tutelage in team meetings “for three weeks.” Wanna bet he’s paying attention now?
The Sens in the video have since exited the bugged Uber and entered a state of damage control.
The players involved, including Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot, Dylan Demelo, Alex Formenton, Chris Wideman, Colin White and Chris Tierney, released the following statement this week:
“We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience, and we will do better.”
But this should be an important learning experience for all of us — pro athlete and average citizen alike. Most media attention is focused right now on politics within the Senators organization itself. How is morale in the dressing room? How will the team move forward from this? And who doesn’t dis his boss every once in a while? What’s the big deal? These are all important questions but they don’t address the bigger picture.
HOW IS MORALE IN THE DRESSING ROOM? HOW WILL THE TEAM MOVE FORWARD FROM THIS?
Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene, back, said he hasn’t paid attention in meetings with assistant coach Martin Raymond, front, “for three weeks.”