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12-20-2013, 07:36 AM
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I've become pretty disinterested in the NHL as a whole lately, the entire league is a joke. I don't get many Sens games on TV here so I watch lots of other games, and the amount of incompetence is amazing. Instead of fixing important problems, the league seems more interested in gimmicks like outdoor games. It's starting to remind me of the league from Slap Shot 2. I get more enjoyment out of junior hockey to be honest.

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12-20-2013, 07:39 AM
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The team sucks. People don't want to see a bad product. I have seasons tickets and have skipped a bunch of games this year because I just can't be bothered to go and watch my team get smashed. Not that it really matters to them because they already have my money

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12-20-2013, 07:53 AM
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12-20-2013, 08:08 AM
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The fans are simply doing the same thing the players are doing at this point. They don't care. I mean what's the point? The players don't. Why should we?
Im a STH and last night was the first game where this actually felt true. NUMEROUS Sens fans stood up and cheered Florida goals, and people were yelling out wise cracks constantly.

The fans seem to have truly had enough.

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12-20-2013, 08:23 AM
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11 home games in the month of December doesn't help matters. Spread it out NHL.

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12-20-2013, 08:32 AM
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I have partial season tickets and watch every other game on TV. This is the laziest Sens team I've seen in recent memory, especially compared to the teams they've iced the last 2 seasons. Watching a team lose because of lack of talent sucks, but watching a team lose because of laziness is frustrating. It takes all the enjoyment out of it.

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12-20-2013, 08:37 AM
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Ottawa has a fickle fanbase, and always has.

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12-20-2013, 08:38 AM
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When your season is done with 4 months left, the attendance issue sort of explains itself...mix in the absolute non stop negativity starting almost a year ago with Euge's financial issues, alfie leaving, casino, budget team...the list is long and depressing oh well hopefully in 3-5 years this team will be competitive again, however looking at the powerhouses in the States combined with $$$$ i feel my estimation may be a bit kind

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12-20-2013, 08:42 AM
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I used to love how Melnyk would show some emotion about the team but he is quite over his head now that its embarrassing.

Also, the Ronin ad is way more annoying than how we've performed this year.

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12-20-2013, 09:53 AM
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My dad was a Leafs fan, look how I turned out.
Indeed, a cautionary tale of woe and tragedy if ever there was one.


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12-20-2013, 10:00 AM
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I don't think Ottawa has a fickle fan base rather than aq demanding one. We've been used to having extremely skilled players and very competitive teams pre-cap and now the team has taken a step back with increased expectations all around.

Let's face it, Melnyk blew this sky-high. He ranted and raved about a casino, sending mixed messages that the team NEEDED money even though HE didn't need money, only to have Cyril saying that the team was fine and they could afford to keep players while Melnyk said they can't spend $5,000,000 on a player. Rule #1: Get your story straight. When the owner and the team rep are saying opposite things it makes you look bush-league.

Then the Alfie thing was a complete disaster...we shouldn't underestimate how much Alfie meant to the collective, and they have very love/hate relationship with the new captain.

The team being one of the worst in the league isn't helping.

In the end, this will be a good thing for the Senators org! It will show them that Ottawans have drawn a line in the sand, that they expect and deserve better than they have been given. We were fine with the rebuild when the team played its guts out night after night. Hell, I'd be fine with the losses if we had last year's effort. But there is little effort. There's much finger-pointing. And accountability? It's a roll of the dice.
Oh, the coaching has been erratic at best.

Simply put, the team is a mess from the top on down. I've gone to 3-4 games so far and I'll go see PHX on Saturday but man...even the early Sens that got pasted non-stop at least had a certain charm to them. This team doesn't even feel like an underdog.
They feel like a beaten and browbeaten dog.


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12-20-2013, 10:24 AM
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theres a huge sens fan base in eastern canada too im originally from halifax nova scotia now living in kingston ontario. I started out a montreal canadiens fan but i started watching them the first year they made the playoffs and took a vastly better Sabres team to the limit. from then on i started chearing for them and have been a die hard sens fan ever since. I can tell you from personal expeariance the two most popular teams in nova scotia now are ottawa and pittsburgh. the sens fan base is huge and there merch sales down there have to be good. but sadly most ppl in that neck of the woods arent buying tikets but ive got 5 jerseys and loads of other memorabilia and since i moved here in october this year ive been to 3 games.....they won all three i went to..... hmmmmm. maybe they should be paying me to go. lol i kid. im no fair weather fan i go i yell i get into it i start chants i paint my face. i challenge you guys to match my enthusiasm!!!!

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12-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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If Melnyk put a better product on the ice you would have more fans. Have to spend money to make money, same deal here.
Good for the people in Ottawa. I never get the admiration for mind-less, zombie-like fanbases who cheer on the product, good or bad. If you don't like what's going on with the team, don't give them your money. Send a message.

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12-20-2013, 10:48 AM
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12-20-2013, 10:51 AM
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Meh I lost interest in this season after seeing a crazy lack of work ethic from the vast majority of players. Only people that seem to be working hard on a somewhat consistent basis Ryan and Mac Arthur....

Pretty depressing to be honest but I guess it was to be expected after losing all of our leadership.

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12-20-2013, 11:03 AM
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Just enjoy it while the tickets are cheap. I remember someone complained here that they couldn't afford to spend $150 on a game. I've been to 9 or 10 games this season and spent around that much.

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12-20-2013, 11:20 AM
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No chance of improving, personnel wise, due to internal restrictions. We could sell the building out all year and Euge would still cry poor and have an internal budget. Why fill his pockets when he's not going to improve the team?

This leads to a pitiful walk-up crowd or advance single-game ticket packages. STH's in this thread even said they are skipping games.

STH's - PM me next time you want to skip a game!

Makes sense to me.

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12-20-2013, 11:59 AM
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I am not going to response to the trolls. Even with one last fan standing, we should cheer our hearts out. WE ARE SENS ARMY, UNITED IN RED. GO SENS GO!!!

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12-20-2013, 12:06 PM
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Ticket prices are definetley in a downward spiral right now.. might as well enjoy it.

Except for original six teams you can get tickets on stubhub for any game for like $10-$20.. sit in the 200's for $40-50 a ticket most times if you wait.

I know as long as conditions exist like that:

a) I will be going to more games
b) I will not even think about buying face value of capital tickets

Which means - less ticket revenue for Euge because the secondary market he gets no part of.. but actual bums in the seats with parking/concessions money coming in.

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12-20-2013, 12:15 PM
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Our owner acts like a spoiled child at the best of times - I'm tired of supporting it.

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12-20-2013, 12:45 PM
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i hate the people that look at me odd when i yell my brains out. They never chear big plays or saves or hell even goals just clap at times, then when they show the war veterans they go crazy, why not just go to a war museum?

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12-20-2013, 12:48 PM
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Whats the best place to purchase tickets cheaper? Stubhub? Do you usually have to wait the day prior to find the best deals?

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12-20-2013, 12:56 PM
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Whats the best place to purchase tickets cheaper? Stubhub? Do you usually have to wait the day prior to find the best deals?
I'm not sure about waiting until game day - you'd likely have good success - but I normally buy tickets the day before on Stubhub. Like Lewer said, there's no way I even think about buying from Captial Tickets now. No way. And that's less money for the team.

But that's the way it goes when tickets are so plentiful.

With all the doom and gloom, it's pretty sweet to decide the day before, or game day, to catch the game live instead of at home. When the team gets better and tickets start becoming in-demand, this will not be the case anymore.

Embrace the terrible hockey.

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12-20-2013, 12:59 PM
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The hole in the top 4 D and need for another top 6 winger were obvious before the season even started. The ownership seemed to take the attitude that it was more important to whine about a casino than spend some cash to field a stronger team, and the result was a mediocre team.

Fast forward to the current holiday season. I have a limited amount disposable cash, so do I spend a bit more on gifts or invest in and care for a team that has refused to invest in or care for itself? The answer will depend on the individual fan, but for me it was a no brainer. Spending my hard earned cash on a cap floor team is like flushing it down the toilet. I am having a harder time lately justifying watching games on TV for free, let alone heading down to CTC during a never-ending blizzard for the privilege of watching a lousy team and drowning my sorrows in outrageously overpriced beer.

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12-20-2013, 01:02 PM
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The hole in the top 4 D and need for another top 6 winger were obvious before the season even started. The ownership seemed to take the attitude that it was more important to whine about a casino than spend some cash to field a stronger team, and the result was a mediocre team.

Fast forward to the current holiday season. I have a limited amount disposable cash, so do I spend a bit more on gifts or invest in and care for a team that has refused to invest in or care for itself? The answer will depend on the individual fan, but for me it was a no brainer. Spending my hard earned cash on a cap floor team is like flushing it down the toilet. I am having a harder time lately justifying watching games on TV for free, let alone heading down to CTC during a never-ending blizzard for the privilege of watching a lousy team and drowning my sorrows in outrageously overpriced beer.
It's funny because a winning team negates all of these issues.

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