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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has gone off the deep end

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By Allan Muir

If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that a when an old, rich guy feels like he’s been screwed over, he will never, ever let it go.

First, there was the story out of Florida about Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his personal vendetta against some other rich guy who treated show-jumping horses as a profit center rather than a noble sport that J.J. prefers. The horror. And the irony. But mostly, the horror.

That was awesome. But Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk just knocked him off the podium to take the goofy gold.

Melnyk is so convinced that Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke intentionally injured Sens’ defenseman Erik Karlsson last month that’s he’s commissioned a CSI-style forensic investigation to prove it.

YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!

Melnyk revealed his plan today on Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports program. He was totally serious. And completely oblivious to how much of a punch line he’s about to become.

“You watch. It may be public. It may not be public, but it’s between me and the league. I think it was intentional, but you have to be able to prove it and from all the television angles that we saw, you can’t see it. It was so fast. But the force of that skate, [it] had to go in through a sock, a sub sock, then [Karlsson’s] skin, muscle, sheath and then get to [Karlsson’s] tendon … either this guy is very good or very lucky, to be able to do that.”

Yeah. Cooke’s a ninja like that.

Melnyk’s been convinced of Cooke’s nefarious intent right from the start. So much so, in fact, that he’s incapable of complete sentences when talking about him

“This guy should be kicked … He doesn’t belong in the league. He belongs somewhere where the goons play,” said an emotional Melnyk. “Get him in the Central league. He can be a $60,000-a-year guy playing pick-up hockey there. The guy does not deserve … He’s got one purpose. I remember when this happened with Spezza. I said, ‘If these are the rules, I just want to know.’ We’ll play with the same rules. Make sure you have one or two goons whose job is to do this either intentionally or unintentionally.”

We get the wildly irrational response in the days after the incident. Losing Karlsson probably cost his team whatever chance it had of making a deep run in the playoffs.

But six weeks have passed. Everyone…and we mean everyone…who saw it believes it was an accident. Except Crazy Old Man Melnyk.

Hey, it’s his money. If he wants to waste it this way while providing us all with a few chuckles, that’s great.

But we’re guessing he’s going to be hearing from Gary Bettman, who will suggest that he drop this silliness and never mention it again.

  • Published On Mar 27, 2013
  • 6 comments
    smit0910
    smit0910

    Although I understand it isn't the most professional conduct by Melnyk, you people have to understand that he's a pretty casual guy, professionalism usually isn't his forté. Melnyk is just a casual guy with a passion for his team.

     

    The bottom line is that in the business of owning an NHL team, your assets aren't stock or investments, they're hockey players. Regardless of the business, if one of your assets are damaged by someone, whether intentional or accidental, you have the right to find out whether it is something that is worth pursuing further. The guy is putting MILLIONS into this guy. To say he's gone off the deep end or is embarrassing his team is laughable. If you had an asset worth MILLIONS, you'd not only be an idiot, but would be irresponsible to not want to find out and punish someone who damaged it/him.

     

    Karlsson is easily the most entertaining player to watch in the league, it it plausible that Cooke was purposeful in his action. I fail to logically see what is foolish about Melnyk's wanting to pursue this.

    cairochris
    cairochris

    If this were a couple years ago, I might be able to buy the "intentional injury" theory...but Lemieux and Shero talked with Cooke after his suspension just before the 2011 playoffs and told him that either he had to change his game to avoid such a style or he would at a minimum be released and quite possibly ultimately banned from the league...and since then his penalty minutes have drastically fallen and he hasn't really been involved in a questionable incident.  The guy changed his game, which is more than you can say for most players these days.  Also, most of his questionable incidents before his reform did not involve the use of skates to injure (in fact, can't remember any that did off the top of my head).  It was a tragic accident, but I find it very hard to believe that it was anything more than that.  I do wish Karlsson the best of luck in his recovery.  

    jlmarion
    jlmarion

    I agree with Melnyk that Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson -- not his behaviour, mind you.  In looking at Cooke's previous checking footage along the boards, he does not usually lift his skate off the ice as he claims.

    juice_rocks
    juice_rocks

    Even when the team is playing well, the Senators remain incapable of not embarrassing themselves.