Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk Denies Reports Of Franchise's Financial Struggles
Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk and the NHL on Friday "shot down" reports that the team is "in financial peril," according to Don Brennan of the OTTAWA SUN. Amid rumors that the team "needed the league to help pay bills last season came a website story quoting a highly-placed league source that the Ottawa franchise has been put on a 'watch list.'" The story was "vehemently refuted by Melnyk." Melnyk in an e-mail wrote, "No chance. It's all B.S. coming from a random useless blogger. All this stuff is nonsense. Kinda annoying as well ... doing just fine thank you very much!" NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail added, "Yes, it's all B.S. There is no 'watch list.' And there is no concern (about the Senators). And you can quote me" (OTTAWA SUN, 8/17).