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OTTAWA -- Eugene Melnyk expects to make the playoffs every year, and when his team misses out he plans to make sure it doesnt happen again. The Ottawa Senators owner voiced his disappointment over the teams performance this season in a conference call with media Tuesday, and said changes could be coming. Melnyk said he and general manager Bryan Murray are "in the process of evaluating everything, our players, our prospects and our coaching staff." "Definitely not a wholesale change, we just need to show up more often," Melnyk added. "I think we need leadership. I think we need accountability from top to bottom and thats more of a mindset and it could also reflect the maturity of the team and as they mature, dont kid yourself, because I did some exit interviews and these are not happy campers." While there had been speculation that head coach Paul MacLean could be relieved of his duties, that doesnt appear to be the case. "I think its pretty certain, well I can assure you Pauls our coach," said Melnyk. "And hes going to be our coach going into next year, but were evaluating everything within the hockey operations, but as far as the leadership is concerned thats staying put." Thats not to say management was overly impressed with MacLeans performance this past season. "They should have done better," said Murray of the coaching staff. "Unless you win a championship I think you can say that about everybody. I think there were some stages in the year where maybe a different decision could have been made." On Monday MacLean admitted that he went into the season with the belief that he needed to be more demanding of his players, and Murray said it probably wasnt the wisest strategy. "My note to him today was the players like the old Paul," Murray said. "They like the guy that sat and talked to them, treated them in a more easy-going fashion, that taught, not confronted. "There were some mistakes made obviously. You dont go to some of your better players and confront them early in the year and expect change. The change is usually in the negative form. I think what Paul did two years leading up to this was a real strong indication of the type of coach he is. I think as you go through your career you learn lots of things and I think its a stage that hell be much better because of it." Murrays biggest decision in the off-season could be whether or not to move captain Jason Spezza. Spezza has one more year remaining on a contract that has a cap hit of US$7 million, but a salary of $4 million. Speculation of Spezza being traded surfaced at the trade deadline and one has to wonder if the Senators feel now is the time to make a significant change. "I think Jason understands what his role was and is," said Melnyk. "Hes a professional. He understands youre here today, could be gone tomorrow. "Its very dependent on what other pieces we have to put together and I think at the end of the day hes just one of 20 plus players that participated this year and we just didnt get it done. " Murray said Spezza was one of five players going into the final year of a contract and that all five, in addition to this years three unrestricted free agents, would be evaluated. "Im not sure why Jason is the single guy here being evaluated," Murray said. "Number one I guess maybe he wore the C and thats part of it, but we, I believe, have five guys going into their last year and decisions have to be made and they will be made at the right time." The Senators actually have six players entering the final year of their contract including Spezza. Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Erik Condra, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson will all be looking for new contracts next season. At this point it seems Ryan could be the first to re-sign as both parties seem eager to come to terms on a new agreement. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian are all unrestricted free agents this season and it appears Michalek could be the only one returning. Murray said Kassian isnt in his plans and he didnt believe the Senators were in Kassians plans. As for Hemsky, it doesnt appear he will return. Michalek has expressed an interest in returning and its likely term and money will play a factor. The Senators have a number of young players who will be pushing for playing time and they want to ensure theres room. Murray said Mark Stone, who played 19 games this season and had eight points (4 goals, 4 assists), now looks like an NHL player and was impressed with Jean-Gabriel Pageaus play late in the season. He also mentioned that Curtis Lazar looks to be NHL ready and will be pushing for a roster spot as well as a few others who are currently playing in Binghamton. In addition, Murray said the Senators would like to find a tougher forward. The Senators have three restricted free agents, Mike Hoffman, Eric Gryba and Robin Lehner, that Murray will need to make decisions on. Lehner, 22, will likely be the priority, considering Anderson will be heading into the final year of his contract. "I still think to be a good team in the league you need two goaltenders," Murray said. "You need both that can win games for you. I think Robins very close (to being a number one goalie). I think if we gave him the stick and said go in the net and play every night I think he could win a lot of hockey games for us." Financially the Senators are in good shape, but they dont anticipate significantly increasing their salary structure. "Its very, very easy to increase payroll, any idiot can do it and a lot of idiots do and they overspend and they go to the cap and Ive done it twice and both times it didnt make an impact," Melnyk said. The Senators owner says he prefers to spend money on various resources that can be used in the development of players on the roster and in the minors. Notes: Much was made last Saturday when Kassian didnt dress for the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Murray said a decision had been made earlier in the day when a call between he and Toronto GM Dave Nonis took place. Nonis wanted to call up a young player, but was concerned that if Kassian was in the lineup things could get physical and so Murray assured Nonis he wouldnt play Kassian. Cheap Air Jordan 1 Authentic . - Carter Verhaeghe scored the winner with 41 seconds to go as the Niagara IceDogs edged the North Bay Battalion 3-2 to even their first-round series at a game apiece in Ontario Hockey League playoff action on Sunday. Wholesale Air Jordan 1 . 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Leicesters latest win against Newcastle on Monday Night Football saw Arsenal drop 11 points back with Man City a further point behind, leading Sky Sports Jamie Carragher and MNF guest Ronald Koeman to assert that they now believe its a two-horse race.So how do these unlikely title rivals compare? We take a look at their squads, signings, form, fixtures and more... Monday Night Football guest Ronald Koeman believes Manchester City and Arsenal are now out of the Premier League title race How do their squads compare?Despite Tottenhams European commitments, the two sides have used a similar amount of players in the league this season. Twenty three have made Premier League appearances for Leicester, and three - Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan - have started all 30 games so far.Spurs have used 24 in the league, with Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane the only ever-presents. To keep things fresh Mauricio Pochettino likes to swap his full-backs. Danny Rose and Ben Davies have featured 17 and 15 times, respectively. Kieran Tripper is their Europa League right-back, with Kyle Walker favoured in the league. Toby Alderweireld has been one of the signings of the season, says Jamie Redknapp Claudio Ranieri hasnt needed to rotate often, and although he was known as the Tinkerman during his first spell in the Premier League with Chelsea, one of the secrets to Leicesters success has been consistency in selection. They may have used 23 players so far, but Ranieri knows his first-choice XI.All eleven players from the starting line-up that beat Newcastle 1-0 on Monday Night Football have started at least 21 of their 30 matches this season. Dele Alli has emerged as a key player under Mauricio Pochettino They have 12 internationals to Tottenhams 15, while as expected Pochettino, who has a reputation for youth development, has placed a much greater reliance on his young players.Tottenhams four U21s, Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Josh Onomah, have made a combined 138 career top-flight appearances. In contrast, Leicester have used just two U21 players, Daniel Amartey and Joe Dodoo have made just three appearances between them.Have their signings impressed? First-team signings 2015/16 (summer and January windows) Leicester Tottenham Shinji Okazaki Heung-Min Son Robert Huth Toby Alderweireld NGolo Kante Clinton NJie Yohan Benalouane Kevin Wimmer Gokhan Inler Kieran Trippier Daniel Amartey Demarai Gray Christian Fuchs Daniel Iversen It been a mixed bag for Ranieri. The summer additions of Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki and NGolo Kante, from Stoke, Mainz and Caen respectively, have proved masterstrokes. So much so that Kante has kept Gokhan Inler out of the team. Yohan Benalouane, meanwhile, has moved on loan to Fiorentina.In all, Leicester reportedly spent just under £33m in the summer, a figure exceeded by their title rivals. Spurs biggest purchase was Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen, but the South Korean has struggled to earn a starting spot with 12 substitute appearances compared to nine starts. Heung-Min Son was signed by Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen That hasnt been a problem for Alderweireld, signed from Atletico Madrid, and described by Sky Sports Jamie Redknapp as one of the signings of the season.Trippier, Kevin Wimmer and Clinton NJie completed their main summer business, but each has been supplemental, rather than key to the squad.The January transfer window opened with Leicester second and Tottenham fourth as Arsenal topped the table. In an effort to bolster an unexpected push for Champions League qualification, Ranieri spent around £8.7m on two signings - Demarai Gray from Birmingham City and Amartey from FC Copenhagen. Daniel Amartey was a January addition for Leicester But so far neither has made a significant contribution with Leicester now 11 points better off than the Gunners. Amartey lacked matched fitness when he joined following a Danish Supaliga winter break and has played just twice, while Gray is yet to start a league game.Its a similar story for Pochettino, who was happy to keep the balance as he resisted the urge to spend, and Tottenham ended the month making a profit on departures as Andros Townsend and Emmanuel Adebayor left the club.Both sides have relied on shrewd summer signings, rather than splashy January purchases.Whos got the edge in the dugout?Born two decades apart, neither Ranieri nor Pochettino has won a top-flight league title as a manager.Now in his 30th year of management, Ranieri is something of a promotion specialist, having taken teams up in France and Italy, and hes won the Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup. Claudio Ranieri has finished as a league runner-up four times in his managerial career Leicester are his 14th club, after two spells at Valencia and a brief time in charge of Greece, but hes still looking for that elusive league crown. Despite managing some of Europes biggest clubs he has finished runner-up four times - with Chelsea, Juventus, Roma and Monaco.Meanwhile, Pochettino is looking for his first taste of silverware following stints at Espanyol and Southampton. Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham challenging for the Premier League title Can Ranieri finally get over the line? Or will Pochettino make Spurs history? If either happens, itt will undoubtedly be their biggest managerial achievement to date.ddddddddddddho have they got on their staff?Ranieri didnt change much when he arrived at Leicester in July 2015. Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh, who both worked under Nigel Pearson and helped steer the club to League One and Championship promotions, were kept in place as assistant managers. Paolo Benetti, who worked with Ranieri at Juventus, Roma and Monaco, was the main addition as the Foxes boss avoided the temptation to tinker. Paolo Benetti discusses tactics with Claudio Ranieri ahead of a preseason friendly It is to the managers credit that he did not just come in with all his own people and change absolutely everything, Schmeichel said back in November. Steve Walsh is assistant manager at Leicester, and previously scouted for Chelsea Walsh has arguably been the key figure. He was described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the most influential person in the Premier League this month. Before Leicester, he spent time scouting for Chelsea, where he played a part in signing Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.His midas touch has continued at the King Power, where hes helped identify Vardy, Kante and Riyad Mahrez.Pochettino took a different approach upon taking charge at White Hart Lane, bringing in his own team after Tim Sherwoods departure. Miguel DAgostino, Toni Jimenez and Jesus Perez all assisted Pochettino at Espanyol and Southampton, and are now in place at Tottenham. Spurs goalkeeper coach Toni Jimenez worked with Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol and Southampton Have they been here before?Surprisingly, the answer is yes - Leicester and Spurs were in this exact position 53 years ago. With eight games to go in the English First Division, league leaders Leicester were one point clear of Tottenham in second. Leicester led the First Division during the 1962/63 season But the Foxes title challenge faltered as they won just one of their final eight matches to drop to fourth. Tottenham stayed second as champions Everton came through to finish the 1962/63 campaign top of the table. But Leicester fell away to eventually finish the 1962/63 season in fourth If Leicester can hold on this season, they will be top flight champions for the first time in the clubs history. Meanwhile, Tottenham are twice winners of the First Division, most recently in 1961, but theyve never finished higher than fourth in the Premier League era.Leicester, who were down in League One as recently as 2009, achieved their best Premier League finish under Martin ONeill when they finished eighth in 2000, the same year they won the League Cup, their last major trophy.Who is on the treatment table?The two clubs are currently the healthiest in the Premier League, according to PhysioRoom.com. Leicester have just one concern at the moment, Matty James, who is nearing a return after missing the entire season with an ACL injury. Jan Vertonghen has been absent with a knee ligament injury Tottenham have two players missing, NJie expected back in March and Jan Vertonghen penciled in for an April return.Spurs have coped well with the Belgians absence so far, and the title could go to whichever team maintains their impressive injury record over the final few weeks of the season better.Who is in form? Premier League form (last seven games) Leicester Tottenham Games won 5 5 Games drawn 1 1 Games lost 1 1 Goals scored 11 12 Goals conceded 5 5 Clean sheets 4 3 Points won 16 16 Leicester and Spurs have posted nearly identical records over their last seven league games, capitalising on Arsenal and Man Citys stuttering form to pull away at the top.Both have won five and lost one, with five goals conceded for each. Tottenham have scored a goal more (12), and Pochettinos side have collected the most points in 2016, so far, to keep the pressure on the Foxes. Leicester Citys Riyad Mahrez celebrates his sides win over Man City at the Etihad But it was Leicesters ability to handle the heat and emerge with six points from February fixtures against Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal that led many to take their title bid seriously.Since then, theyve made a happy habit of winning games 1-0, with victories against Norwich, Watford and most recently Newcastle by a single goal.Spurs stumbled against West Ham and Arsenal in early March, and have given themselves a mountain to climb in the Europa League after a 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but they got back on track with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday.It all sets up an eight-game race to May 15, which brings us on to their remaining fixtures…Who has the better run-in?Ranieris side are in pole position and will look to put as much distance between themselves and their title rivals before they finish the season with a difficult triple header against Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea.Before that, they play three of the bottom six - Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Swansea - and Southampton and West Ham at the King Power. That should give them the chance to build on their five-point cushion before things get tough in May. Leicesters final eight games of the Premier League season Tottenhams run-in looks more challenging on paper, with tricky trips to Liverpool, Stoke, Chelsea and Newcastle - potentially needing points to survive - on the final day. Tottenhams final eight games of the Premier League season But if it does go down to the wire, many may favour Spurs over Leicester, who face the prospect of needing a result from a visit to Stamford Bridge. Could we get more final-day drama?Its all set up for a frantic sprint to the finish line. Who do you think will end the season as champions? 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