Uber driver records Ottawa Senators criticizing coach

VIDEO Ottawa Senators Unaware of Rolling Camera Spend Uber Ride Ripping Team and Coaches

VIDEO Ottawa Senators Unaware of Rolling Camera Spend Uber Ride Ripping Team and Coaches

Several Ottawa Senators were forced to apologize Monday after being caught on video insulting the team and an assistant coach during an Uber ride.

During Tuesday's morning skate, Duchene was seen talking and laughing with Raymond as the two held a brief conversation at center ice.

The Citizen notes that while the timestamp of the video says January 2017, it actually appears to have been recorded in Phoenix on October 29 or 30 2018 during the team's western road trip.

Players in the video include Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Thomas Chabot and Colin White, among others.

"We don't change anything, ever", said Duchene.

The players mocked assistant coach Martin Raymond, who handles the team's penalty-killing unit, in the five-minute clip that was recorded in Phoenix during Ottawa's west-coast road trip at the end of October.

The bulk of the conversation centres on the team's defensive woes - the Senators stand near the bottom of the league in terms of penalty-killing and are dead-last in shots allowed per game.

Ottawa forward Mark Stone says the latest bit of drama in the ongoing saga of the Senators is a "hiccup", and that the team has already done work to fix the frayed relationship between players and coaches that was laid bare in a viral video.

Raymond, in his third season with the Senators, was responsible for the power play for much of last season and is in charge of the team's penalty killing this year.

Head coach Guy Boucher said the team has dealt with the issue and has moved on.

"I'm here to face [media] head-on and let you know we support our staff and we support our management". He later added he hasn't paid attention during Raymond's meeting in "three weeks". "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better", the statement read. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players' apology. A spokesperson issued a statement, saying that his video is "a clear violation of our Community Guidelines". "We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media". The players were riding in an Uber and didn't appear to know they were being recorded. Rob Khazzam says "filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported/detected we will investigate".

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