Saturday, February 9, 2008
Redden Treated Shabbily
Why is Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray revealing details of his trade talks with other GM's?
He's obviously trying to publicly shame Wade Redden into waiving his no-trade clause which is a surprising tactic from the usually classy Murray. By trying to turn the fans against Redden, Murray is simply adding to the chaos that has already engulfed this team. What's the goal here? Hope the fans boo Redden out of the building for being perceived as selfish?
Roy Mlakar needs to sit down with Murray and resident arsonist John Paddock and explain to them again the meaning of public relations. The Ray Emery situation was handled poorly and now there's another fire that must be put out.
What an absolute joke.
Redden hasn't played well this season but he deserves more respect for what he has done for the organization over the years. Why would players want to sign in Ottawa when they know that the organization will treat them like garbage if they're struggling?
It comes out today that Bryan Murray claims he did not leak the story and is somewhat upset that it did. The fact is that the story somehow got from Murray's office to the press in a matter of an hour and Murray bears some responsibility for this latest fiasco.
Just take look at today's Ottawa Sun poll.
The question is "What should the Senators do with Redden? Waive him? Bench him? Keep him in the lineup?"
Waive him? Intelligent hockey discussion has come to this in a supposedly knowledgeable and passionate hockey town?
Now that's great marketing for a small market franchise. Turn the fans against the players. Works every time.