The Devcore Candarel DLS group, one of two groups to submit a multi-billion dollar bid for the redevelopment of Ottawa's LeBreton flats, appears to have interest in buying the Senators.

CTV Ottawa's Graham Richardson reports the Devcore group wants to buy the Senators as part of their bid.

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The opposing bid to Devcore's comes from the Rendezvous LeBreton group, which includes Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Senators Sports & Entertainment.

Melnyk has stated he has no interest in selling the team, or in renting rink space from another company.

"Economically, you just can't justify building an arena when you have one, just for the sake of building an arena — even if the land was given to us," Melnyk said later.

"You have to have all the infrastructure around you to pay for your team."

If the Senators fail win the bid, the team has said they will be looking at a nine-figure renovation of their current home in suburban Ottawa, the Canadian Tire Centre.

Proposal Details: 


Theatre of Sports and Entertainment
Ripley’s Aquarium
World’s largest skateboard park
Bridge to Preston Street
Bandshell for 6,000 people
Central Library, YMCA, French Language Elementary School
2,500 residential units
4 season linear park
NHL arena

Rendezvous LeBreton:

Accesible Sports and Community Complex with 2 NHL-sized hockey rinks to house national and international hockey tournaments
New Ottawa Central Library planned for Albert and Booth Streets
Major events centre with 18,000 seats and outdoor area with capacity of 28,000
Pedestrian concourse with a ‘digital’ pathway
First Nations Plaza
New home for Ottawa Race Weekend, Army Run and Run Ottawa.
Canada House – gathering space for members of military. Space for counselling and medical care for military families

Files from CTV Ottawa and the Canadian Press were used for this report.