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You can still get your tickets to see the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Center next season.

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That’s not going to change anytime soon.

Though the Senators will leave the rink in Kanata for a building downtown at LeBreton Flats some day, Anthony LeBlanc, the president of business operations, noted the club is still focused on getting people to buy season seats at the 18,623-seat rink for the foreseeable future.

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The Senators moved into the rink in Jan., 1996 and the club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the league when the puck is dropped on the 2022-23 campaign in October.

“We’re not abandoning the Canadian Tire Center,” said LeBlanc Thursday. “We know that’s the home of the Ottawa Senators and our concert business for the next several years. As a matter of fact, we’ve been working through budgets over the last several weeks, in regards to what capital expenditures need to happen and what need to go into the Canadian Tire Centre.

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“We’ll continue to invest in the building. What will happen with that building, once we get to a point where we have a new arena at LeBreton Flats, I don’t have an answer at this point. These are very early days and that’s one of the last things we’ll focus on.”

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Getting the paperwork done on the arena, with the proper approvals from all levels of government, won’t happen quickly.

The ownership of the Senators is now in the hands of Eugene Melnyk’s daughters, Anna and Olivia. Down the road, they’ll have to determine if they want to keep the team, bring in a partner or sell to a majority owner while keeping a small piece.

Naturally, this news will bump the value of the team even higher.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has stated more than once since Melnyk’s passing in March the club isn’t up for sale. LeBlanc repeated Thursday that nothing has changed on the ownership front and that senior management is operating to the club’s board of directors.

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Sheldon Plener, a partner in the business law group at Cassels, longtime business associate Lawrence Zeifman and John Miszuk, the Senators’ chief administrative officer, are helping to direct the franchise.

Leblanc, Erin Crowe, the club’s chief financial officer, and general manager Pierre Dorion are running the club on a daily basis.

“As Bettman has said multiple times, and it’s the truth, there’s no change in ownership,” LeBlanc said. “There’s a professional management group that’s in place, we report to a board of directors, which is three individuals, so it’s status quo. There’s no change as we sit here in regards to ownership.”

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