Here is the unofficial video that was released late Monday night. The players in the car are Thomas Cabot, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Chris Wideman and Colin White. The video goes on for about two minutes and ranges from the players ripping on their teams powerplay, penalty kill, forecheck, systems and a whole lot more I am sure.
Anyways, to start this Uber driver is an absolute scumbag for recording these guys without them even knowing they were being recorded. At least be like “hey guys by the way I record all my rides so just a heads up you are on video right now.” Now it would have been one thing if he said that and they still did it but I am sure they would not have said anything and saved it for after the ride.
Second, I understand there is definitely concern for the things said in this video and it shows the commitment of the players, but I also do think friendly banter and joking around is not a big deal. There is no chance these guys are just going into every game saying “oh f*ck it. Who cares” sure they are not a great team and they know it but they are competitors who still compete every game. Also, this video was in Arizona right after they got shelled 7-1 in Arizona so instead of making the loss a big deal they decided to poke some fun at it. I mean they are going to have to get used to this or else it is going to be a stressful year for the team. While yes, this is not the best way to deal with a loss but keeping things loose and fun instead of having Mr. serious and stick up your ass type of guys around the room all day, everyday this is how they decided to deal with the loss.
Third, the concern is obviously is high for the Senators front office since guys like Chabot, Tierney, DeMelo, Duchene, White, Formenton are all relatively new or entirely new to the team therefore it shows that their commitment is not so high and when you have young players and new players like this making jokes and not taking their jobs serious is not great. Tensions will start to fly in the front office now and it will be pretty uneasy to be in that locker room. I see both sides of this the young guys are trying to make the most of the situation they have and poke some fun, the new players are doing the same, they do not want their life to be hell just because they are on a team that is rebuilding and going to be struggling for a couple years.
Lastly, they have come out and apologized as they collectively said:
“We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29th. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team and focusing on growing. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience and we will do better.”
Sure the apology has to come out and sound like that but I do believe the guys still care abut the team and how they perform like I said, bad loss and wanted to make light of the situation instead of being a bunch of sticklers about how they played. Weird way to deal with it probably and we all may not agree but that’s how young guys deal with loses and stuff in this league nowadays.
Guy Boucher came out after their apology and said:
“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.”
Not a good look for Ottawa but the team is 5-6-3 on the year with five more road games left in the month. Probably no more Uber rides for these guys on the road. Be interesting to see if the players try and get in touch with the Uber driver.