I just wanted to pass along this letter that was issued by the Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder in the wake of yesterday’s trade. I’ve posted the content of the letter below and removed the season ticket holder’s name from the letter…
Dear (insert season ticket holder’s name here),
Today we announce that Mike Fisher had been traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first-round draft choice for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional draft choice in 2012.
Mike has been a great player for us, both on and off the ice, and we thank him for everything he has done for our organization and our community.
We are all disappointed with the results from this season. A number of you have contacted us and asked us to take the necessary steps to get the team back to an elite level in the Eastern Conference. If we are serious about returning our team back to an elite level, we have to make difficult decisions. Moving Mike is certainly one of those difficult decisions and with the trade today, we are definitely looking ahead — not back — to the future of our team.
We do want you and other Senators fans to know that once we had determined that a trade for Mike would help our team in the future, we made extra efforts to move him to Nashville where his hockey career will be able to mesh with his personal life. We felt we owed that to Mike for all that he has done for our franchise and our community.
We invite you to view a video interview of Bryan Murray’s comments regarding the trade and what it means regarding the direction of our hockey team.
It’s interesting to see that the organization discusses how they moved Fisher to a place where he wanted to be. Although it’s a classy thing to do, the organization left itself susceptible to questioning as to whether or not there was a better hockey deal out there to be made.