The Ottawa Senators are in a dark place at the moment and a big stressor on the organization is attributed to the rights to build a new arena at the cost of $4-billion were won, but little work has actually happened since then.
According to Sportsnet, the National Capital Commission (NCC) announced that the proposal with the RendezVous LeBreton group, also owned by the Senators' franchise owner, Eugene Melnyk, was stalled.
However, the issues aren't with the NCC or even the city of Ottawa. It's between Melnyk and John Ruddy, who is with Trinity Developments, which seems to have backed the project. It all began when Melnyk questioned Trinity's other project, which is supposedly in direct competition with his. Most of the issues are due to the fact that the location of Trinity's development project is not far from Melnyk's.
Now, there are even more issues that are arising. Melnyk is suing his partner for a whopping $700 million for the bid that has gone sour. This is bad and kind of just tossed the entire plan down the drain.
What does all this even mean for the Senators and how does it connect to them directly? Well, there was first the deadline that the project could be done by 2020 or 2021. This was a fairly difficult deadline for building an arena since it requires a lot of planning and even more time spent on the building. However, it's been said that this was something that other people might have already believed. Then there's the fact that the Senators need the arena as it will act as a representation of who they are, especially since it'd be building by people very close to the team.
What this means is that if this arena doesn't get built, it's bad for the team since it shows that the owner isn't really pulling his part. With a franchise facing as many issues as the Senators, another blemish on Melnyk will surely hurt their reputation even more.
All in all, both parties need to get their act together because this arena is something that a lot of people want to see get built.