Ottawa Senators players caught trash-talking team’s defence on video

Using the UBER app.
ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS  
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Using the UBER app. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS AFP Getty Images

A video showing members of the Ottawa Senators hockey team criticizing one of their coaches has prompted an apology from several players.

It it unknown who leaked the video, which was posted to Twitter and YouTube and then taken down, but the players involved, Duchene, Wideman, Chabot, Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Alex Formenton, and Colin White apologized for their behavior late Monday night.

"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", said head coach Guy Boucher.

"We don't change anything, ever", he said. He shares his passion for the game every single day and he's always there for us, but I think that's where we're going to leave it. "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better".

It is no secret that players talk about coaches and coaches talk about players and everyone is always talking about everyone else.We all know the intensity has especially been ramped up in Ottawa and if anything else, I took from this whole debacle that the Senators players are closer than I thought and they are banding together.which is something that had been questioned a bit.

The Uber driver is heard asking what team the players play for near the beginning of the video and Wideman, seated in the passenger seat, replied: "Ottawa".

"As soon as we learned of this situation, we immediately worked to help get this video removed".

Make no mistake, openly flambéing your coaches and team performance isn't a great idea, but the Uber driver making that clearly private conversation public is next-level shady.

Ottawa Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond, left, and Senators forward Matt Duchene are shown during a team practice in Ottawa on November 6, 2018. "We dealt with this long before this video was released".

While the Sens' penalty kill is a disaster (at 68.8 percent they sit at second-to-last in the NHL), their power play actually is seventh-best in the league (27.3 percent).

Defenceman Mark Borowiecki admitted the Senators would have to deal with the "consequences" and "ramifications" of the video's release.

Senators coach Guy Boucher offered his support to Raymond in a statement Monday, saying the team has "very confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching".

Raymond, in his third season with the Senators, was responsible for the power play for much of last season and is in charge of the team's penalty killing this year.

The Senators are scheduled to play next on Tuesday night at home against the New Jersey Devils.