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Senators owner in middle of ‘forensic study’ to prove Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson

Mar 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

A freakish stream of injuries probably made some Ottawa Senators fans a little loopy. Apparently that zaniness extends to the team’s owner Eugene Melnyk.

You’d think Melnyk might have cooled off on claiming that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke intentionally hurt stud defenseman Erik Karlsson, but you’d be wrong. Sportsnet’s John Shannon passes along word that Melnyk told PrimeTime Sports that he’s conducting a forensic study to prove that Cooke did it on purpose.

Here’s the Tweet, because it really just takes you aback in print:

Yup, that’s pretty whacky. Speaking of Karlsson, he at least left the door open to an unlikely return sometime this season/in the playoffs, for what it’s worth.

I can’t help but imagine David Caruso from “CSI: Miami” fame getting on this case (at least one person made a “CSI: Ottawa” joke), so it only seems right that there’s a photo of Caruso with the Stanley Cup via Getty:

source: Getty Images

Looks like he left behind some evidence …

  1. killerpgh - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    What a POS this owner is. Where was his comments about Neil kneeing Chris Kelley?

    • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      You think any owner is going to throw one of their own players publicly under the bus on a non-suspension hit?

      • JoeAvg - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Actually yes, Ray Shero did when Cooke hit Savard.

      • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        That’s because Cooke was the dirtiest player in the league–exceptional circumstance.

      • killerpgh - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        No, but I wouldn’t expect him to keep bringing it up. It’s one to to bash Cooke like he and Murray did in the 1st 24 hours after it happened. He his human and emotions get the best of everyone sometimes. But it’s a month and a half later and he is still crying about. Suck it up and move on.

  2. betrayedbylife - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    looks like cooke might be on….thin ice. *puts on sunglasses* YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHH

    • James O'Brien - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Nicely done.

    • wicky888 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:12 PM


  3. prd797 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Well that escalated quickly…is what I would’ve said, but this happened…how long ago?

  4. sportsfaninyyc - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I don’t like Matt Cooke, but c’mon , that was in no way deliberate.

  5. rushledger - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I thought Montreal was nuts after the Chara Paciotetty hit, getting the cops involved for a investigation. Ottawa has just lost it, this is gonna be an awful episode of CSI. Hey lets get Subban a investigation he almost cut Jordan Staals foot off 3 years ago, oh wait he plays FOR a Canadian team that means no follow up.

    • tatdue - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      So no GM of any American team has ever said or done anything stupid right? Like this has anything to do with Canada you moron…but keep cheering for your favorite team that’s 80% Canadians…

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Mayor Flynn in Boston also tried to get an opposing player arrested.

      Nilan is also responsible for the Bruins installing plexiglass to separate the Bruins bench from the runway to the locker room in the old Boston Garden. That sprang from an incident in which he went after the Bruins after being ejected and the fight spilled into the corridors. Mayor Ray Flynn wanted him prosecuted.

  6. dkphilly1122 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Ottawa’s owner needs to find something else to do with his time and money!! Come on no one likes Cooke except Pen’s fans, but it was a freakin accident, they do happen. This dude just don’t get that at all. Get over it!!

  7. sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Best part about this “forensic study” is that it’s going to have precisely no import as far as the league or suspensions might go. So it’s even more useless.

  8. claysbar - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM


  9. sportsfreak13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    “So your saying there’s a chance” Melnyk to the forensic scientists, while holding his checkbook.

  10. JoeAvg - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    This is just so unbelievably ridiculous. How would they possibly prove what he was thinking anyway? That’s really what it comes down to. So unless they’ve developed a mind reading device whatever conclusions such a study would draw have no credibility. Everybody knows the outcome of the study will be influenced by who’s paying for it. It just won’t hold creedence.

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      No kidding. If actually believes this, I am forging a resume and work history stating that I am the world’s greatest forensic expert. Nothing like free money by ripping of idiots.

  11. seawurd - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Eugene least he does not diddle kids like Sandusky …..or does he!!

    • govtminion - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      As pants-crappingly retarded as this whole thing is from Melnyk, I think comparing him to a convicted child molester is pretty out of line.

  12. jacketsfan7 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Are you really that much of a douche to do that , I’m sorry but Matt Cooke apologized and really has calmed down , no way shape or form did he do it intentionally

  13. modellforprez - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    cookie would never. either way he is a changed man. want proof shtaiball? peep, last night 2nd period big bad brian gionta pushed T.K “all day” kennedy into fleury causing fleurys head to whip sideways shaking him up he finished the final 35-40 seconds of the period and gave way to tomaz vokoun we call him the coon anywho beginning of 3rd matty ice is nice stepped to gionta and wanted to act like he could fight to stick up for fleury gionta whos team trailed by one said nono “later denying it was his fault” and i thought to myself really now we will see if he is changed because cooke from 2-3 years ago might have hidden under the run way for him to skate off and jumped out and shanked him or something who knows with these nutso’s what theyll do but like i said either way cookie did bring his skate up as he went into erik k. but to say he did it on purpose and run a test is just as crazy as any of my posts

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      And the winner of the Most Painful Post to read goes to………modellforpez

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        What language was that?

  14. yotesfan61 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM


  15. travishenryskid - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Why would he cool off on his claims when he was right? I get the majority of people don’t think it was intentional, which makes this a good example of how the majority opinion isn’t always the right one.

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Seriously, never open your mouth or type anything again. Ever. It will save your life. Trust me, I know stupid when I read it.

  16. ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Great another Freeh report. It was col. mustered, Cooke and Paterno on the grassy knoll with the candle stick.

  17. ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Pa governor is going to sue the NCAA for this too. Stupid people….

  18. csilojohnson - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Just more proof I shouldve spent more time huffing paint then going to school if I wanted to get rich.
    F-ing moron. Hypocrite as well. Cooke may have been the dirtiest player in the league three years ago. He has changed his game. He has also shown he can be much more then a third or fourth line role player. Your boy Neil can’t say the same. Still the same old goon sticking his knee out every chance he gets. No hockey skill what so ever..

  19. nyrnashty - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I really dislike this owner, but at least he knows what’s going on with his team, unlike Dolan!

  20. President Charles Logan - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Ottawa ………………….lol….such a non factor insignificant franchise

  21. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    This is just too funny for words! But I have a few! So after his super special scientific study is complete what does this owner plan to do with it? Is it for his own personal enjoyment and piece of mind? Awesomeness all around in Ottawa

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