Hailey Salvian有一个非常 昨天在运动会上有趣的片段，其中，她发表了一个25个问题的调查结果，旨在让人们对 渥太华参议员’ fanbase. As with everything Athletic-related it’s behind the paywall, but it’s definitely worth a read if you have a subscription. With about 900 respondents, Salvian’s working with a decent-sized sample; we can probably learn some things about where the fans’ heads are at with that many responses. Salvian’s main conclusion is that Sens fans seem more upbeat about the team’s future than they have in quite some time. They also seem to, by and large, have been fans of most of the moves the team’s made in the off-season. She also discussed the piece in a bit more detail with Ian Mendes and Lee Versage 上 TSN 1200. During 他们下午的广播节目大受欢迎，她从一个稍微不同的角度传达了这一信息，暗示该团队最响亮的批评者并没有反映出粉丝群的整体情绪，尤其是在收购Bobby Ryan和Anthony Duclair时。快乐的粉丝群和未来的快乐日子？
On the 上e hand, 是, as someone who interacts with other Sens fans 上 a daily basis the general vibes of positivity have increased in the last six months or so. When the organization decided to go through the type of tear-down-to-the-studs rebuild that began in earnest with the trading of Erik Karlsson, fans knew there was going to be some pain. Now that we are finally getting to the point of seeing the rewards of that unpleasant process, the attitude is a lot more upbeat. It’s easier to feel good about Tim Stuetzle, Sens’ wunderkind, than a theoretical high first round pick. I can get Stuetzle’s name 上 the back of my new 2D jersey today. Last year at this time I would have been stuck putting “1st RD PICK 2020” 上 a 3D Senturion. Things are better 没有w, and fans are happy about it. It’s been a long journey: folks are right to celebrate a bit.
Reading the survey, however, also got me thinking a bit about what, as fans, we expect from our favourite team. It also got me thinking about how the act of being a fan is sometimes just a series of rationalizations. I’m 没有t here to tell people how to be fans, but I do find the balancing act of trying to appraise the team’s actions with any semblance of objectivity while remaining a fan to be particularly tricky. The responses to the two questions about Anthony Duclair (“Do you agree with the decision 没有t to qualify Duclair?” and “Would you have been OK with a hypothetical two year $4.5M contract if Duclair went to arbitration?”) illustrate my point: fans agreed with the decision 没有t to qualify Duclair 47%-36% (16.2% said “maybe”) but were also OK with Duclair being under contract at the hypothetical maximum award the Sens couldn’t walk away from by a 60.9% to 26.3% margin (12.8% said “maybe”). It’s awfully tough to square that circle: fans approved of Dorion 没有t qualifying Duclair, but a strong majority of those same fans also were OK with taking him back at what everyone agrees would have been the worst possible award? That doesn’t really make much sense, unless the answers you got to the question aren’t really about Duclair at all. These two questions, side by side, are actually a great proxy for how much the fanbase trusts the team’s decision-makers. This reads to me like “the Sens could have gone either way, and 没有 matter what they did I would trust them to make the right choice”. Trust is a bit of a new thing around here, you see.
So, at least for 没有w, Dorion and co. appear to have bought themselves some goodwill from the fanbase. They’ve been selling the future for almost three years, and 没有w the outline of the future is here. They said there would be high-end prospects, and a youth movement that would carry the team back to the top of the league. You can quibble with some of the choices along the way, but there can be 没有 doubt that the organization’s prospect pipeline has a lot of intriguing names; our site’s own Top 25 Under 25 is a testament to that. But the Sens have also done the easy part in a way: trading away your good players for picks and prospects means you’re selling hope. The trick is that hope eventually has to translate to more than just promises. In the NHL, that means winning games, and eventually play-off series. The fanbase will trust a team for quite a while, and through quite a lot of ups and downs, but they can be lost if an organization doesn’t live up to its promises. It looks like maybe the Sens have the fans back, at least in part; they would do well to 没有t let that slip away again with too many broken promises.