Skip to content

Report: Sens owner meets with NHL about Cooke-Karlsson investigation

Jan 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

Remember the forensic investigation Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk undertook in the wake of Matt Cooke slicing Erik Karlsson‘s Achilles?

Well, sounds like he’s ready to reveal his findings…

It was roughly six weeks after the incident — Cooke hit Karlsson into the boards, slicing the Ottawa defenseman’s tendon, sidelining him for 31 games — that details surfaced about Melnyk’s investigation.

“I’m going to prove whether it was intentional or not,” Melnyk said in a late-March interview on Toronto’s Fan 590. “You watch. It may be public. It may not be public, but it’s between me and the league.”

Cooke was exonerated by the league for the hit.

“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,” Melnyk continued. “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.”

Melnyk went on to add he had “forensic doctors” looking at the incident.

In an interesting twist, Cooke — who was playing for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident — apparently won’t be affected by this meeting and subsequent findings, according to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune. Russo reports the Wild, Cooke’s current team, won’t be affected by this either.

UPDATE: Bettman appeared on TSN 1200 Ottawa on Tuesday and said Fehr wasn’t part of the meeting, but was at the NHL office on unrelated business. The post has been changed to reflect that.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM…god…New week, new story about Ottawa being ridiculous.

  2. lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    He’s really bringing this back up…? I’ve never been a fan of Cooke’s but I really don’t think there’s any player in this league that would purposely cut another player’s leg with his skate, that’s just a criminal thing to do. And when this incident occured, Cooke had already started cleaning up his act and he’s now a respectable player. It’s time for Eugene to let this go.

    • press270 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I agree. What player, with pre-meditation and malice, who would try to slice off another players leg, could survive in a league with peers. Hockey, pro hockey especially, is a tiny community. No personality like that can possibly be accepted on a team.

  3. 950003cups - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    This guy just needs to sell the team, and go away. Forensic investigation my ASS!! Who does he think he is? Double-O-Melnyk?

    • thos_prattt - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      More like
      Da da da da da, Inspector Melnyk

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Wow are they really going to give this any credence??

    • c9castine - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      I’m sure they have to at least give them their right to a hearing or discovery or something like that. but id be shocked if it went much further. I’m not sure A. how somebody could possibly do that specific thing on purpose and B. how you could possibly prove it if he did, especially when Melnyk flat out admits it doesn’t look like he did it on purpose.

      what a weirdo.

  5. c9castine - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM


  6. 950003cups - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM


    BIll Belichick is on line one. He too wants to conduct an investigation on the Wes Welker incident. He wants the number to your super-duper high-tech clandestine investigation unit.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      The Welker pick was the “play of the game.” Oh Jesus, that’s the funny quote in months. Nobody does sore loser better than Belichick.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM


  7. theageofquarrel - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    The Senators will always be viewed as a clown organ-I-zation until this ass sells the team.
    No wonder Alfie bolted.

  8. theageofquarrel - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I see Inspector Clouseau i.e. Eugene Melnyuknyuk is down voting everyone

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    What’s the point of investigating this. Karlsson is back now so it doesn’t really make much of a difference.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      He’s had a personal vendetta for a couple years now. Its a freaking witch hunt. I’ve lost some respect for Murray by taking part in this.

  10. hazlydose - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Well if nothing comes of this, we will know the forensic team *puts on sunglasses*
    …Couldn’t cut it


    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM


  11. killerpgh - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    No clue how a business savy man like Melnyk claims he lost more than 110 million since since 2003……

    • imgoingtowichita - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      He is working in a market unlike any other in NA professional sports. Greater Ottawa population is 1M give or take and is largely a city in which people from all around Canada have migrated to in order to work for the federal gov. Speaking of, the liberal party of Canada was taking handouts left and right in the late 90’s, early 2000 and got caught – sponsorship scandal. Since, the Senators can no longer target gov nor can local businesses host gov employees. There goes 40% of the population able to attend as a gift. That is in large part how you lose $110M since 2003 … just sayin’

  12. logicalcomment - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    instead of wasting his money on that, he should spend some of that cap space. what an idiot

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1912)
  2. P. Kessel (1456)
  3. M. Richards (1254)
  4. N. Backstrom (1160)
  5. M. Giordano (1113)