Senators owner: No player's untradeable, but it's not my decision to make
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk isn't ruling out dealing any of his players, but he'll leave those decisions up to his new general manager.
Melnyk joined Sportsnet's "Tim & Sid" on Tuesday and was asked if he'd consider anyone on the Senators roster untradeable.
"No," he said.
When asked if that included Erik Karlsson, Melnyk said while the owner does have final say, that decision will be made by management.
"I'm not going to say anything other than ... first of all, I don't make those decisions. I let the coaches and the GMs make those decisions. They come to me when it's a big name, they come to me for everything in the end, but ... if they came in and had a deal on the table ... I can't keep them accountable if I don't let them take a shot.
"If they're wrong and wrong and wrong, then things change, but it's their team to coach and to manage, so if I stick my nose into it, who do I blame at the end but myself? (I'll) let them do their job. That's what they're paid (to do) and that's what they know how to do much better than I ever will."
Melnyk said he hopes to have a new head coach in place by the draft in late June.
Pierre Dorion replaced Bryan Murray as general manager Sunday and his first major act was firing head coach Dave Cameron on Tuesday.
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