'Nothing is off the record,' Leafs coach says of Senators Uber video

Silvia Morton
November 10, 2018

We have every confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players' apology.

The Senators are scheduled to play next on Tuesday night at home against the New Jersey Devils. The spokesperson said Uber helped "get this video removed" but did not say what sort of discipline the driver might face.

Negative headlines dogged the Senators last season, including a threat by owner Eugene Melnyk to move the team if ticket sales didn't improve.

According to The Ottawa Citizen, the video appeared to be taped while the team was on a road swing going through Phoenix, Arizona.

Duchene later adds that he '(hasn't) paid attention in three weeks' during Raymond's meetings. Matt Duchene, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Colin White and Alex Formenton (now back with the OHL's London Knights) were also involved.

Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher also apologized on behalf of the team.

The bulk of the conversation centres on the team's defensive woes - the Senators stand near the bottom of the league in terms of penalty-killing and are dead-last in shots allowed per game.

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"The best part of their break in is, we don't even slow them up", said fourth-year Sens defenceman Wideman, who's sitting in the front passenger seat in the video.

February 9, 2018: The Senators announce they are parting ways with team president Tom Anselmi, who replaced one of the franchise's founders, Cyril Leeder, when he was hired in January 2017. "You saw this morning there was great enthusiasm from our players, great buy-in, and we're definitely getting ready for (Tuesday)". As a coaching staff, as management and as players, it was dealt with internally, the way it should be.

"I don't know who makes decisions to put things like that out there, but when you purposely try to hurt another human being, I don't want to spend too much time on that, and especially probably the best human being I know (Raymond), that's personal", Boucher said.

'Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent.

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

"Those first 10 minutes we got rewarded for what we wanted to do". And defenseman Travis Dermott expressed some sympathy for the Ottawa players. That's pretty standard stuff, hardly newsworthy because similar conversations happen all the time. Nicolas Ruszkowski, the Senators chief operating officer, says the team is aiming to protect their players' reputations by ensuring that they are not "impaired by voyeuristic journalism".

- With files from Canadian Press national hockey reporter Joshua Clipperton in Toronto and freelance reporter Lisa Wallace in Ottawa.

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