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I’m not entirely convinced that the body of this post needs to exist at all after that headline, because that’s basically the entirety of the crazy story here.

The Coles Notes:

Matt Cooke cut Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson’s achilles tendon with his skate earlier this season. Erik Karlsson is done for season. The Ottawa Senators would’ve preferred that not be the case. Matt Cooke is a reformed NHL villain. Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk does not believe he’s reformed, thinks he doesn’t belong in the NHL, and is now working with forensic experts to prove that Cooke meant to step on Karlsson’s tendon to cut it.

From SenatorsExtra.com:

Speaking on Toronto radio station The Fan 590, Melnyk said he believes the National Hockey League will hear his case.

“I’ll bring it to (Brendan) Shanahan and to Gary (Bettman) and at that point they can decide whether it’s something they want to put out publicly or not, if I’m right. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong.”

Here’s his overall opinion of what happened:

“You watch. It may be public. It may not 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 that that skate had to go through a sock, a sub-sock, then your skin, muscle, sheath, and then to get to your tendon? Man. Either this guy’s really good or very lucky at being able to do that.”

(Full interview here)

This is the type of borderline-batpoop homerism (like proving intent there is possible? Come on now) that will endear him to fans, and I can’t be mad at him for pandering to them. But if he’s serious, and truly believes this is a thing Cooke intended to do and needs to be brought to justice…to hell with it, I’m just gonna say it: he never played the game, because doing that would involve Crosby-esque skill and Dexter-esque viciousness. That, or he’s just generally oblivious, which is actually far more likely.

I’ve got no problem with involved owners, but this seems a bit wackadoo.

Comments (19)

  1. My first impression was.. crazy mother…

    Although to be honest I do believe Cooke is one of those players who the league would be better off without. He obviously wasn’t trying to slice his leg, but he was trying to hurt him anyway he could, it’s the type of player he is… He could just have easily ended Karlsson career. Do we want to risk having him do that to another up and coming superstar? It’s not like he bring much to the game.. Whats that saying? Fool me once..

    Besides Karlsson said himself he knew Cooke was trying to hurt him, It looks to me like Melnyk is doing everything he can for his superstar franchise player.

    Still he is a creepy crazy &^)(*, although in this case at least the crazy is pointed in the right direction.

  2. I’m a Sens fan. I’ve met Melnyk a couple times at his bar at Scotiabank Place (he was there after the home playoff games vs the rangers last year). Nice guy, not arrogant or stuck up. But this…is pretty ridiculous.

  3. What an idiot. Cooke did not do that on purpose. The send owner is a fool and making the team look like a laughing stock. It’s hilarious what tools they all are.


    Much better and far more popular players have been injured and their owners, teams, players do not whine as much as this pathetic organization.

    News flash: Your Norris d man won his award in default. Glad you all love him, but other teams and fans really don’t care one way or the other. So what if he us hurt. Its hockey. Not a career ender.

    When the flyer fans who hate all things Pittsburgh can agree that it was not intentional, I believe THEM. They look for reasons to attack.

    It was a play that happens every night.

    All things senators is s joke. Pathetic, stupid, team owner and fans.

  4. So Melnyk has basically become the Nick Diaz of the NHL. Drop it already! you are only making your franchise look worse, and you really don’t need to be doing that.

  5. I can only imagine what the “doctors” thought when Melnyk approached them…”well sure, Eugene, we can help. That’ll be $635.00 an hour, plus expenses…it may take a while.”

  6. Man…I’m a Sens fan and really and truly love Melnyk as an owner. He’s passionate, outspoken and loves his team without a trace of cynicism. You get the sense from him that, yeah, profit is great, but he genuinely cares whether the Sens succeed or not. But geez…every so often he says or does a thing and I cringe and hafta remind myself – you take the good with the bad.

    Passionate billionaire saves your team from bankruptcy and helps it flourish? Great! Dude sometimes lets his…enthusiasm get the better of himself…well…better than the Sens moving to Hamilton!

  7. Maybe when they’re done they can look into what really happened to Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik.

    So how does this investigation go anyways? He’s paying the investigators so will their be bias to get the result he wants? Or does the investigation prove inconclusive or accidental and then Melnyk never speaks of it again.

  8. Chara on Pacioretty 2.0?

  9. Oh Mr. Melnyk, what was that about a grassy knoll?

  10. Really? With a knife attached to my foot, and carrying the momentum of a 200 pound individual, how hard does one really have to try at that point to cut through a few layers of cotton socks and then his leg? He makes it sound like hockey socks are equivalent to a bullet proof vest and a tendon sheath is made from kevlar or something. Not that I have any sympathy for Bettman, but I bet he enjoys a real good laugh at this after all the stress of the lockout.

    • “nd a tendon sheath is made from kevlar or something. ”

      Well, a lot of gear IS reinforced with kevlar these days. Including some socks (not that Karlsson was wearing those on the night of the hit, of course)

  11. Read your comment/article.
    Bravo! Youre bang on.
    Owners should never be in the “spotlight”. Only serves to make them and their team look foolish.

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