Saturday, June 09, 2007

Mean Gene is all in...

Chris Stevenson:

Eugene Melnyk wants a winner and he's willing to shell out for it.

After seeing his Senators come up just short in their bid for a first Stanley Cup, the Senators owner told Sun Media yesterday he will likely boost the club's payroll to the salary cap -- whatever it turns out to be -- to take another run at bringing the Cup home.

"My sense is the cap will go up. Everyone knows my commitment to continuing to build a championship team in Ottawa, so in that context, spending to the cap is always a necessary consideration," wrote Melnyk in an e-mail to the Sun yesterday.

As someone noted on another board, the irony of Canadian teams having long playoff runs is that their additional revenue may be pooled so as to allow Nashville to re-sign Kariya and Forsberg.

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