Several Senators Caught On Video Bad Mouthing Assistant Coach

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

Among the topics of conversation in the Uber on that fateful October night in Arizona were assistant coach Marty Raymond's penalty kill tactics, the uselessness of team meetings, and how overrated paying attention can be. "We're going to have to deal with the consequences and the ramifications of that, but we want to keep this in-house, as much as we can deal with it appropriately", Borowiecki said.

"It's been a tough couple of days for a lot of people and we needed to respond and we did (with a win)".

"Now I'm going to have to go back to him and say, 'What the hell?'"

Seven Ottawa Senators players were secretly recorded criticizing their team in an Uber.

A video surfaced online Monday, showing seven Ottawa Senators' players riding in an Uber vehicle in Phoenix, having a conversation about problems with their team. The spokesperson said Uber helped "get this video removed" but did not say what sort of discipline the driver might face.

"We don't want negative stuff surrounding our team and this is a hiccup. The way we were playing you'd think we'd stick with a north-south game". "Key components for us moving forward are character, leadership, accountability".

The video was the latest bit of humiliation for the organization, which has endured numerous controversies over the past two years. As well, questions surround owner Eugene Melnyk, who has threatened to move to team due to flagging attendance.

Senators Chief Operating Officer Nicolas Ruszkowski agreed, saying the legal notice to the Citizen was meant to protect the team's best interests. "If I thought that was the case, I'd never set foot in an Uber".

"Players have said far more unkind things about coaches and I can guarantee you coaches have done the exact same things to players on a daily basis".

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"Marty Raymond, the only coach in National Hockey League history to have the worst power-play and the worst PK within a calendar year", says Sens forward Matt Duchene.

Duchene later adds that he hasn't "paid attention in three weeks" in Raymond's meetings.

Post Media shared the video on its YouTube page Monday night.

The team also released a statement standing by Raymond.

The Senators are now 29th in the league in penalty killing at 68.8 percent.

The Citizen notes that while the timestamp of the video says January 2017, it actually appears to have been recorded in Phoenix on October 29 or 30 2018 during the team's western road trip.

During the morning skate Duchene was seen talking and laughing with Raymond as the two held a brief conversation at center ice.

Scholars and industry observers voiced concern about the incident, calling it a clear violation of the players' privacy.

He said there are arguments at least one person involved (the driver) knew about the recording, which could meet one legal threshold.

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