The old adage of ‘never talk behind someone’s back’ applied to some Ottawa Senators players this week.
The Ottawa Senators were on a road trip in Phoenix when some members of the team decided to share an Uber. Unbeknownst to them, while in the Uber, they were being recorded.
Oh boy. This video of @Senators players (Wideman, Duchene, Tierney, Chabot, DeMelo, Formenton) talking trash about their coaching staff and roster is definitely not pretty. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/nyO0ZtupJE
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) November 6, 2018
Score.com has reported the Ottawa Senator players (Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Alex Formenton, Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Colin White, and Chris Tierney) were in the Uber at the time of the recording.
The recording, which is making its rounds on the internet today, has the players discussing the effectiveness of their penalty killing abilities as well as concerns regarding their coach.
During the video the Uber driver asks, “What team do you guys play for?” One of the players responds, “Ottawa.”
When the video started making its rounds on social media General Manager of Uber Canada, Rob Khazzam, didn’t seem to impressed and tweeted that “This is a clear violation of our terms of service”.
Filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported / detected we will investigate + take action to preserve our communities privacy and integrity. In this specific case, we made efforts to have the video taken down.
— Rob Khazzam (@rkhazzam) November 6, 2018
The video is sure to cause a stir in the Ottawa Senators dressing room between management and players.
The Senators are sitting in 27th place in the league early this season with a 5-6-0-3 record and are in a contentious arena discussion of their own.
The team is expected to be moved from the current area of Kanata, Ontario to the Ottawa LeBreten Flats area.
Guy Boucher, head coach of the Senators, issued the following statement via social media: “Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players’ apology. We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media.”
The Ottawa Senators face off at home tonight against the New Jersey Devils. It will be interesting to see how the penalty kill performs against the leagues 6th best power play team.