A number of Senators were caught on video openly mocking their coach and joking about the team’s penalty-killing abilities.
Forward Matt Duchene, defensemen Chris Wideman and Thomas Chabot as well as recently acquired Chris Tierney were among the players making fun of the 5-6-3 Ottawa squad.
The video was taken from a camera that was mounted by the rear-view mirror of a car and has since been taken down. It seems to have been shot in Phoenix on Oct. 29 or 30, according to a report by the Ottawa Citzen.
According to the report, the five-minute video was presumably recorded by an Uber driver and it appeared that none of the players knew the conversation was being filmed. The video ended up on both YouTube and Twitter.
“Marty Raymond, the only coach in NHL history to have the worst power-play and the worst PK within a calendar year,” Duchene was caught saying, in reference to assistant coach Martin Raymond, who is in charge of penalty-killing this season and directed the power-play in 2017-18.
Wideman, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, chimed in with his own remarks about Raymond.
“Do you notice that when (Raymond) runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn’t ever teach you anything?” Wideman said. “He just commentates what’s happening.”
Duchene replied with more criticism.
“Here’s the other thing, too,” he said, “we don’t change anything, ever. So why do we even have a meeting? I haven’t paid attention in three weeks.”
Tierney, seated behind the driver, looked up the team’s stats on his phone and found Ottawa is 29th of 31 NHL teams in terms of penalty killing.
It wasn’t just the coaches or the team that the players took shots at. Wideman apparently shared his displeasure with starting goaltender Craig Anderson and the Senators inability to slow down opponents. It wasn’t clear if Wideman was talking about the Golden Knights or the Coyotes, who both topped Ottawa during its West Coast trip.
“The best part about their break is the fact that we don’t even slow them up. They come in with, like, blazing speed too. Andy’s ‘like oh, s—,’” he said.
Other players that were seen on video getting out of the car were defenseman Dylan DeMelo and winger Alex Formenton, who is no longer with the Senators after leaving to return to his junior club.