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News Article: Ottawa Senators Appoint Nicolas Ruszkowski as COO

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  1. L'Aveuglette

    L'Aveuglette #MELNYKOUT

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    Ottawa Senators Appoint Nicolas Ruszkowski as COO

    How does everyone feel about this?

    The team definitely needed help in the PR department, but I wonder if there aren't other departments that needed it more. Nevertheless, it appears like a good hire.
     
  2. Nac Mac Feegle

    Nac Mac Feegle wee & free

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    I have no idea who that is, or what he does.

    So....good hire...I guess?
     
  3. BondraTime

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    Anything to help with the PR disaster that is the Ottawa Senators is a welcomed hire in my books. Welcome aboard.
     
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    He has worked with melnyk before so it's most likely another yes man

    But at least we hired someone so that's something
     
  5. Do Make Say Think

    Do Make Say Think & Yet & Yet

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    Sure, why not?
     
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    Former Biovale consultant and Artie Lange lookalike.
     
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    slamigo Skate or Die!

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    No hand in hockey operations so...anything to even discuss?
     
  8. Ouroboros

    Ouroboros Meaningless leaning mess

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    Good luck, buddy.
     
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  9. danielpalfredsson

    danielpalfredsson is excited about filip gustavsson

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    In b4 "Nicolas Ruszkowski resigns as COO of the Ottawa Senators"
     
  10. slamigo

    slamigo Skate or Die!

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    Actually, after researching this guy a little, he’s the real deal. I’m sort of shocked that he’s on board and a little bit impressed that Melnyk hired him. He couldn’t have been cheap.
     
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    Hiring someone who has experience in PR as the COO seems very odd to me. This is puzzling. There is no doubt that the team needs improved PR with the first step being advising the owner regarding all future PR including keeping the owner silent.

    The team does need a top level executive to run the entire operations and this new hire does not seem to fit that requirement.
     
  12. coladin

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    Seems well traveled and experienced. Could use a few more bodies in the front office staff
     
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  13. FolignoQuantumLeap

    FolignoQuantumLeap Its a trap

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    I have no opinion on this so I'll just evaluate him as he goes. Good luck, good to have some more bodies in the upper management. High up positions at the TOH is no joke so he's got a good background. The former biovail thing makes me cringe a bit.
     
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    Dave Sparky Allison 2-22-1

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    His 3 month tenure will be great for experience.
     
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    Well... I'm not disappointed at least
     
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    But will he empty the trash?
     
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    To spend time with his family.
     
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    I would have thought a new president would be the next front office move, but this might signal that Melnyk wants to be more hands on for the foreseeable future and retain that role,

    Either way, nice to see some roles are being filled.
     
  20. dzingelalltheway

    dzingelalltheway Let's win it all -MR

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    New role is encouraging, but if we're on a very shoestring budget I question the prudence of investing in PR rather than scouts and hockey ops. Nothing sells tickets better than winning.
     
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    "Nicolas Ruszkowski had been hired as chief operating officer. His job will be to try to get the organization back on strong financial footing. "
    Bruce Garrioch

    "Ruszkowski will run day-to-day business operations, but won’t have a say in hockey operations. "
    Bruce Garrioch

    "It’s not known if Ruskkowski will play a role in negotiations with the National Capital Commission for redevelopment of LeBreton Flats, including construction of a new home arena for the Senators, but, given his background in political circles, it would make sense for him to be involved."
    Bruce Garrioch



    Does not sound like he's been hired to do PR, to me.
     
  22. dzingelalltheway

    dzingelalltheway Let's win it all -MR

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    "Ruszkowski, who was born and raised in Ottawa, has a myriad of experience in public relations, having previously worked for PR & digital marketing agency FleishmanHillard as General Manager, and for The Ottawa Hospital in Communications & Outreach. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Growth for MSL, a “global public relations and integrated communications partner.”"
    Ottawa Senators Appoint Nicolas Ruszkowski as COO

    If he's not being hired to do PR work, then his qualifications don't match the job. Moreover, the things you bolded don't necessarily preclude PR work – "getting the organization back on strong financial footing" could be as simple as getting the fans back to purchasing season tickets.
     
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    Smeddy Intangibles

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    Seems like a good hire, I'm glad anyone was hired. Was he involved when Biovail had those legal issues?
     
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    Careful with that “hands on” stuff! :)
     
  25. FolignoQuantumLeap

    FolignoQuantumLeap Its a trap

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    What a first day on the job.
     
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