Ownership is the biggest competitive advantage in professional sports.
On Friday morning, the Ottawa Senators continued to be a case study in that theory, firing head coach Guy Boucher less than 24 hours after general manager Pierre Dorion told the Ottawa Sun that head coaching decisions would be made in the off-season.
Hockey fans wasted no time in taking to Twitter to share their thoughts. Here are some of the finest initial reactions:
Guy Boucher at this moment pic.twitter.com/0UOSb9Zuor
— shaneruns0630 (@ShaneD75) March 1, 2019
Live shot of Boucher exiting the building after getting the news pic.twitter.com/kcAbhsd0lH
— Wes (@LoucksWes14) March 1, 2019
Guy Boucher leaving Melnyks office this morning… pic.twitter.com/yRdWA8iAU7
— Reid Seaborg (@RSeaborg) March 1, 2019
But not all fans placed blame solely on management’s shoulders. Others took the opportunity to air one last set of grievances against Boucher’s coaching tactics.
Really though, what Twitter mourned loudest was no longer having one of the most uniquely animated coaches behind an NHL bench.