The Sens have tossed coach John Paddock overboard -- but even before word came of the firing, Jean-Pierre Allard said the onus belonged squarely on the suits upstairs, not the one behind the bench.
When cracks began to appear in the Senators' armour last month, president Roy A. Mlakar commented that the media coverage was overdramatic.
I beg to differ.
Serious fans sense there are far bigger issues with the Senators than their on-ice struggles and deserve the right to know what is going on. This is where the media must assume its role of reporting facts as they see them, no matter how much this may displease the Senators management.
Faithful subscribers are still smarting from last year's disappointing effort in the Stanley Cup final and are naturally upset that the team has lost its focus of late.
Now that another trade deadline has come and passed with GM Bryan Murray having once again failed to address what has been Ottawa's Achilles' heel for 11 years now, namely, the lack of a genuine No. 1 oalie, hopes of a Stanley Cup victory in 2008 are fast fading.
How soon before the Senators’ solid and loyal fan base get fed up with a bunch of highly-paid, underachieving players who continue to tease them with promising results in the regular season, only to swoon in the spring playoffs because management still has no clue what type of players are needed to win a Cup?
Mind you, at the rate that the Senators are delivering stinkers since the games started getting tough in December, in the process collectively turtling like frightened little boys, missing the playoffs has suddenly become a distinct possibility for this spineless squad.
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