Eugene Melnyk is leafing through a 112-page document at his home in Barbados, sipping on a caffeine-free, citrus-flavoured drink. The document, he said, was a plan, the master plan detailing how, position by position and player by player, the Ottawa Senators, of which he is the sole and oft-maligned owner, will be rapidly transformed into Stanley Cup champions from a non-playoff team.
“I truly believe that we are a Stanley Cup winner within four years,” he said. “It can happen any time, but within four years.”
Melnyk speaks with certainty and obvious enthusiasm for his subject, all but guaranteeing victory and boasting of his team’s bright young stars, Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk, the fistful of top prospects the Senators would snap up