For all of the things that have gone down over the course of the two weeks, the Senators desperately needed some positive PR more than the Montreal Canadiens needed a top six forward who stands taller than Danny Briere.
Enter Bobby Ryan.
In a media blitz/publicity tour that even Mayor Jim Watson could be proud of, Ryan took to the airwaves and toured this city like he was a pop star icon.
He was anywhere and everywhere and Senators fans ate it up faster than a Golden Palace eggroll.
Of course it helps that the Sens have never really had a frontline player who can actually hold his own and represent himself well with the media. For a city like Ottawa, that’s panned by outsiders as a subdued and mundane place to be, Bobby Ryan is a beat writer’s wet dream. Being young, exuberant and most importantly, talented, he’s going to be someone who instantly connects with fans and gives the organization perhaps one of the most marketable talents that it has ever had. And maybe...