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Melnyk happy with turnaround from Sens

Saturday, 09.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
2 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
3 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16