A Message from Eugene
The first thing I thought when I read the email title, "A Message from Eugene Melnyk," was SPAM.
It turns out it actually was a message from Melnyk.
No, not a private message - we are not on those terms - but a message from Melnyk out to all Ottawa Senators fans highlighting the 20th year of the Senators' existence.
The timing could not be better for it as the awards nominations are announced and several Senators have found their names mentioned.
Paul Maclean is up for coach of the year (no brainer), Daniel Alfredsson is up for perseverence, and Erik Karlsson is up for best defenseman of the league. Mind-boggling year for the Senators.
Karlsson is the first Senator ever nominated for the Norris trophy, which speaks volumes for the 21-year old blueliner. It's not worth tooting Karlsson's horn anymore, as everybody knows how brilliant he has been. (Now, imagine what his agent is going to want him to re-sign for thie summer).
While Melnyk's list of highlights for the year is a solid one - containing Alfie's 400-goal milestone, Phillip's 1000-game milestone, the All-Star game, etc - it is missing a few things.
Sens fans should be proud of their team for the upcoming international tournament that will feature many Ottawa players. The World Championships will feature tons of Senators, primarily with Sweden. Karlsson is expected to be there (pending insurance issues), Alfredsson has accepted the invitation, and young phenom Jaokb Silfverberg will also be there. Stephane Da Costa will suit up for France, Kaspar Daugavins will suit up for Latvia, and Milan Michalek for the Czech Republic. Jason Spezza will not be there, as Canada is apparently full. While Canada's team does look solid, it's ridiculous Spezza will not be on it.
It would be ridiculous to expect Melnyk to mention everything and keep the email readable, but the email adds a nice, personal touch.