We all know that Edmonton is the place that nobody wants to play. They have to overpay for free agents (Penner), overpay their own talent to stay (Horcoff) and even still, for various other reasons, some players just need to get out (Pronger).
Recently though, it seems that the Ottawa Senators might be giving the Oilers a run for their money in the race for the least desireable place to play.
With Dany Heatley having demanded a trade (and even still, refusing to go to Edmonton) and Jason Spezza having reportedly done the same, I've decided to compile a list of reasons that nobody wants to play in Ottawa.
1) Ugly Jerseys - SENS. Whoever thought that one up deserves a raise -- Absolute creative genius.
2) Their Home Rink - When I was a little guy, I once played in a rink that was as far away from civilization as Scotia Bank Place. It was a converted barn. The zamboni was a tractor that pulled what can only be described as a 'zamboni box' behind it. Even at eight-years-old, I knew that was bullshit.
3) It's a tough place to run a business - Many players will do various things to supplement their hockey incomes, ranging from restaurants, to sponsorships, to construction companies. In Ottawa, this is a recipe for disaster. Just ask Chris Neil.
4) It's always raining in the front office - Nobody likes being spit on. Imagine going to Ottawa to sign a big-money free agent deal while Bryan Murray says, "Thankshh for shinning with the Shensh". Yuk.
5) Liars - Nobody likes a liar and Daniel Alfredsson throws around guarantees like batteries in Philadelphia.
6) Dion Phaneuf - As a forward, do you really like the idea of flying down the wing towards an oncoming Phaneuf six times a year. Not unless you like broken collar bones you don't.
7) Goaltending - The Sens haven't had the kind of goalie that can win their team a playoff series since... The Sens have never had a goalie that can win their team a playoff series.
8) Leaf bloggers will make fun of you - We're clever, ruhtless and have large numbers and we will bring all of our spiteful wit to bear on your inadequacies. Consider yourselves warned.