Matt Duchene and the Ottawa Senators are attempting to put the drama behind them after a viral video of him and some teammates criticizing the club, most notably assistant coach Marty Raymond, appeared online on Monday.
"As a group here, we definitely want to apologize to Marty Raymond", said Chabot.
I doubt there is an adult on the planet that hasn't had a thought or said something that was meant to be private and not for public consumption. "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better", the statement read. Boucher also said they were convinced that the players had issued a honest apology and would address their concerns in a team meeting.
"It's disappointing the video got released", Senators alternate captain Mark Stone said. "We haven't been playing our best hockey so maybe this can help this team move forward", Stone said. "The way we were playing you'd think we'd stick with a north-south game".
By now I am sure you have all seen it, and while I try to stay way from this kind of stuff, there is little doubt this particular situation is playing into how the Sens will progress moving forward and lends some insight into this team's psyche.If you haven't see the tape just search Sens and Uber. It's unclear how the video was posted on YouTube.
Tuesday's morning skate might be a little bit awkward now.
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Senators chief operating officer Nicolas Ruszkowski says the team wants to ensure that people's reputations are not "impaired by voyeuristic journalism". "All I'm saying is that I would never sell the team", Melnyk says. As a coaching staff, as management and as players, it was dealt with internally, the way it should be. "I haven't paid attention in three weeks".
Two Jets players - goalie Connor Hellebuyck and defenceman Josh Morrissey - were asked about the Senators video as well but declined to comment.
The team also released a statement standing by Raymond.
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.
Scholars and industry observers voiced concern about the incident, calling it a clear violation of the players' privacy. "He is a heck of a person and coach, and he didn't deserve what we said".
Many Maple Leaf players said it's imperative for players to be aware of their surroundings when having a private conversation. I can guarantee you I've done some boneheaded things on the ice that they've chewed me out for.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby also felt bad for the Senators players. "But is that not what we all live with every single day?" "If it doesn't look good here, it could look very, very nice somewhere else, but I'm not suggesting that right now".