Bold and controversial claims are nothing new to Eugene Melnyk. He is without a doubt the league’s most outspoken owner, so it often doesn’t come as a surprise when he says something obnoxious anymore. However, comments he made Wednesday were quick to get attention and will likely be talked about for quite some time.

Speaking to Financial Post’s Joe O’Connor, Melnyk gave a very confident timeline on when he expects his team to hoist a Stanley Cup.

“I truly believe that we are a Stanley Cup winner within four years,” he claimed. “It can happen any time, but within four years.”

This is quite the statement given that the Senators finished the 2019-20 season second last in the entire NHL. However, they do boast a very impressive prospect pool, and have made some big moves this offseason, none more so than trading for and signing two-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Matt Murray.

Given the excitement of fans considering how good their team projects to be in a few years, Melnyk is hoping that soon they will be able to attend the games and watch. He has apparently outlined a safe seating plan that would allow for 6,000 fans at the Canadian Tire Centre. Despite being the butt end of jokes for the team’s low attendance over the years, Melnyk was able to poke fun at his own franchise as well, while remaining confident in the future.

“I can assure you that even the Ottawa Senators, who don’t have a great record of bringing fans in over the past few years, will have a sellout crowd.”

Considering how poor of a job the 61-year-old Melnyk has done with the team in the past few years, it isn’t likely they will completely buy into what he is saying. However, as mentioned above, they do have reasons to be excited, and despite the four-year Stanley Cup guarantee being somewhat outrageous, they should get to watch a competitive team soon again. Just don’t expect them to thank Melnyk when that time does come.

OCTOBER 14, 2020  (16H23)