Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk believes his team will win the Stanley Cup in the next four years.
After two seasons to finish in the 31st and 30th places, the Senators were able to add some high-quality prospects to their bank in the most recent draft. The German Tim Stutzle and the American Jake Sanderson were selected for the third and fifth echelons last week.
They also acquired goaltender Matt Murray, who won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to whom they gave a contract extension.
“I really believe we will win the Stanley Cup four years from now,” Melnyk told The Financial Post. It can happen at any time, but it will be within four years. ”
At full capacity
Melnyk also discussed a plan to host 6,000 supporters per game at the Canadian Tire Center when the next campaign begins, or no later than February. All while wearing the mask and respecting social distancing.
“I can assure you that even the Ottawa Senators, who have failed to attract a lot of fans over the past few years, will have a sold-out crowd,” Melnyk laughed.
The businessman believes that this measure will allow clubs to “survive” in this period when the COVID-19 pandemic has a very negative effect on the finances of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Commissioner Gary Bettman recently suggested that his circuit’s next season is scheduled to begin on January 1.