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The Ottawa Senators enter the Tyson Zone

The Ottawa Senators enter the Tyson Zone
Published On: Sat, Jul 07
Apr 12, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators Pleft wing Milan Michalek (9) and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson (71) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The sports columnist Bill Simmons coined the term a€œthe Tyson Zonea€ to describe the rare celebrity whose behaviour is so unhinged that there is nothing they could do anymore that would shock or surprise anyone. Mike Tyson, of course, was the original, and the president of the United States is currently the most prominent occupant of this rarified air.

But the Ottawa Senators hockey club, impressively, is nearing this territory as an organization. Recent events surrounding the NHLa€™s Senators are the narrative manifestation of that thing where you close your eyes, pinch the bridge of your nose and mutter a string of curses so foul and deformed by your own canned rage that they just emerge as a string of consonants: a€œFfffffkkkkmmttrrrrgh.a€

Things in SensLand are an uncomfortable mix of unimaginable, genuine personal tragedy, allegations of seriously inappropriate conduct, ridiculous, self-defeating business decisions and weapons-grade pettiness.

The roots of the acrimony between fans and the organization go back to 2013, when captain and supposed Senator-for-life Daniel Alfredsson was driven to sign with the Detroit Red Wings for the last year of his career because of contract dickering that should never have happened. Ottawa is a relatively young franchise and a small-market city, and ita€™s difficult to overstate what Alfie meant here, and how his departure destroyed trust in the organization and owner Eugene Melnyk, who was seen as responsible for the debacle.

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