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Senators owner tells fans team will remain in Ottawa

Senators owner tells fans team will remain in Ottawa
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Mar 15, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) scores on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) for the win. The Senators defeated the Flyers 2-1 in a shoot-out at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators will not be leaving the city, owner Eugene Melnyk said Tuesday.

Melnyk, who has owned the Senators for the past 16 years, said in an open letter published in the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun that neither he nor the team is going anywhere. His focus is delivering a better hockey experience for this season and beyond.

The Senators will hold their annual golf tournament Wednesday. Player physicals are Thursday and the first on-ice session is Friday.

In the letter, Melnyk introduced the concept of a multiyear rebuilding plan to improve on and off the ice after the Senators finished with 67 points (28-43-11), the second fewest in the NHL behind the Buffalo Sabres. They were 30 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, one season after losing in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Melnyk noted the Senators' nine playoff qualifications over the past 15 years, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, but said much must be done to return to competitiveness.

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