"The reality is that fans in this government town have a hard time warming to hockey players who gamble, or take chances or dare to be creative.Let's go over the individual circumstances of each player MacGregor suggests we chased out of town based on their failed dickie-dickie-doos:
"In the early years of the modern Senators, when chances were rendered irrelevant because the team wasn't going to make the playoffs anyway, they turned on Alexandre Daigle for his blind passes. They later turned on Alexei Yashin for several reasons, among them his penchant for hanging onto the puck and trying to go through entire teams — twice if possible.
"More recently, they turned on defenceman Wade Redden — a community-oriented young man who loved the city — because, well, he kept chancing long passes to breaking forwards that didn't exactly work out each time he tried them.
"And they turned on defenceman Joe Corvo — who made no bones about disliking his time in Ottawa — because he kept jumping up into the play and vacating the post he would have been attached to if the Senators were a table-hockey team rather than an ice hockey team.
"Try the dickie-dickie-doo in Ottawa and they'll run you out of town if they don't all work out."
- Daigle: You're kidding, right? Daigle had a good rookie season, but dropped off significantly after that. He just didn't seem to be interested in committing to the rigours of being a full-time NHLer. After failing in Philadelphia, Minnesota, and an acting career, Daigle went to Switzerland to play a more relaxed brand of hockey.
- Yashin: I think it was more the constant contract disputes that made us angry at Yashin, more than his risk-taking. You know, holding out on a contract and demanding it be renegotiated really isn't going to endear you to Ottawa fans.
- Redden: Was never chased out of town. Redden wasn't re-signed after his contract came up, because he's just not a $6.5M player. And when he came back to Ottawa for the first time, you'd think he was Ottawa's city-wide hero based on the ovation that he received.
- Corvo: Maybe instead of blaming Ottawa fans you should look at Ottawa media for the reason why Corvo left town. Particularly Ottawa Sun beat writers, who dubbed him 'Uh-Oh' Corvo and were merciless in their criticism, Corvo demanded a trade. Despite the fact that he didn't like the city, he remains popular with a lot of fans here.
EDIT: I e-mailed this post to Roy MacGregor, and he was nice enough to send me this response:
"That's great, Peter. The beauty of sports columns is that they are just good fun and fodder for debate. I welcome it. But you'd have to admit if you listen to the idiots who call in to the Fan 1200, they seem to despise anyone who thinks there should be creativity in the game.