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Melnyk happy with turnaround from Sens

Saturday, 12.9.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Melnyk happy with turnaround from Sens
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is pleased with the way his club has jumped up the standings after a slow start.

by Todd Anderson

Speaking to the media during a break from the annual Melnyk Family Skate for Kids, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk discussed the club's turnaround after a slow start this season.

"After a rough start you get a little bit of anxiety," Melnyk said. "It's really early into the season, is the way I look at it. The first 20 games you just have to relax. The team gels and forms. I think what we see now is what you're going to see, a talented team that is going to make it deep into the playoffs."

While Melnyk has full confidence in the current roster, he's willing to make adjustments down the road if it makes the club even better.

"If (Senators general manager) John Muckler came to me and said we could use some tweaking here, or we need to do this trade or acquire a player going into the playoffs, I've got to listen to the 40 or 50 years of experience that John has. I rarely question his recommendations. As far as I'm concerned, I'm here to help put a winning club together and I'm there for the team."

Melnyk is glad to have experienced individuals such as Muckler and head coach Bryan Murray in place. He feels knowledge and experience are key under the new salary cap system in the league.

"It's absolutely amazing what's between third and 13th (teams ranked in the NHL standings)," Melnyk said. "I think the last time I looked it was five points. What is going to happen over the next several years is smart management is going to make the difference. We have to adjust because our system is very different than everybody else's. We've always had our own natural cap. Now you can't buy your way into a Stanley Cup. You have to actually form and put together a great team. I think with John Muckler and his staff, and the coaching staff, we have what it takes to get where we want to be."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44