GREENING: Wow. Whoa. That is some group of people. Six of you. Fantastic.
So nice, thank you very much. That’s really nice. Thank you. It’s great to be at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. It’s great to be in a wonderful city, Binghamton. And it’s an honor to have everybody here. This is beyond my expectations.
Our team is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, back when I was here in 2011, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, the Carleton Ravens in an exhibition game? They kill us. I beat Carleton all the time. All the time.
Thank you. I bet some of you are wondering what a 2.75 million dollar player is doing in the AHL. Well, this demotion was by request. I told Mr. Murray to send me down as it would be beneficial for Ottawa, for the organization, and of course, for the great fans of the Binghamton Senators.
Bryan tried to keep me around, throwing terms like "big body", "top 6" and "compete level" at me, but I had heard enough. I told him that the NHL was no longer a challenge for me, that this — this was going to be the challenge I need at this point in my career.
There were many other reasons which influenced my decision to return to the AHL. Believe it or not, a major factor in this decision was because of my teammates.
Bobby Ryan — I've known him, and I've never liked him. I think he is a highly overrated guy, both in talent and many other ways.
Erik Karlsson — He is the worst captain Ottawa has ever had. I'd like to see his birth certificate. I bet he wasn't even born in Canada.
Matt Puempel — He lost a roster spot that should have easily been won against Chiasson. By the way, so did Prince. Prince only made this team because he would have been claimed. I like people who wouldn't be claimed.
Jared Cowen — I'm not a fan.
And of course our vets. Phillips and Neil have been abandoned. Hopefully, with one less body on the roster they will finally get the ice time they deserve.
Back to why I am standing here today. The Binghamton Senators need a leader. A leader that can bring back our goal scoring. A leader that can bring us back to the playoffs.
We need — we need somebody — we need somebody that literally will take this team and make it great again. We can do that.
So ladies and gentlemen…
I am officially running…
… for Captain of the Binghamton Senators, and we are going to make our team great again.