The Real Reason for Senators Playoff Failures
After reading this entry on the Curse of King Clancy in wikipedia it all makes sense.
In the early years of the NHL the Ottawa Senators (Silver Seven) were the most dominate team in hockey. Winning more Stanley cups than any other team. The team was a powerhouse that couldn't be beaten. No one was better than their star player, King Clancy.The good news for Senator fans is the curse is lifted this November 8th, the 20th aniversary of King Clancy's death.
Ottawa, even then was a small market team. They became desperate to find the money to operate and remain competitive. Desperate for a solution they traded their star for cash.
Ottawa received $35,000 and 2 players in 1930 to trade Clancy away to rival Toronto.
Clancy whose feisty play was legendary had made roots in Ottawa and was infuriated by being traded for more money then they were going to pay him.
As he was boarding the train to Ottawa he was overheard shouting at Ottawa's coach by his former team mate Frank Finnigan.
"Mark my words! I will be dead for at least 20 years before they lift that cup again!"
Within a few short years the Senators folded having never won a cup again.