February 13th was a bad day for Ottawa Senators fans. They lost in more than one way that evening. The final score had them losing 4-2, and they ended up losing Erik Karlsson due to a skate blade lacerating his Achilles tendon. What made the incident more than a freak accident, was that it happened because of Matt Cooke, a repeat offender of injuries in the NHL.
It was announced that Karlsson would be out indefinitely, which had the entire Ottawa organization frantic about how they lost their top defender. Cooke sent a text to Karlsson about the incident, but the Norris Trophy winner didn’t respond back to him.
Here comes Eugene Melnyk. The Senators owner has not been quiet about Cooke. He has been quoted saying “He (Cooke) belongs where the goons play” and “It’s something that never should have happened. This player (Cooke) should never be playing in this league. It’s a league for elite players.” Melnyk obviously wouldn’t mind seeing Cooke kicked out of the NHL for good, and he is even going to great lengths to prove that this injury was not accidental.
Melnyk is 100 percent convinced that Cookie intentionally hurt Karlsson. Melnyk is teaming up with a Forensics unit to investigate the whole incident. I suppose the heart wants what the heart wants, and in this case—no pun intended, Melynk wouldn’t mind seeing the look on everyone’s faces if the forensics unit has any evidence in Melnyk’s favor.
Is this a little bizarre? A tad. If I was Melnyk, I would be angry if Karlsson was out as well, but I don’t think anyone thought of him going to this level to prove that an incident was intentional. When I first heard the news, I thought it was a funny joke, but then the seriousness kicked in and I had a puzzled look on my face.
Why wouldn’t Melnyk do this a week after the injury? Over a month after Karlsson has been sidelined, Melnyk is bringing up an old story that was just about forgotten. Maybe that is what his whole plan was, to bring Matt Cooke back into the spotlight.
It will be very interesting to see what comes out of this. Really, injuries do happen, unintentional or not, and the best way for the Senators to get back at Cooke and the Pittsburgh Penguins, is to hit them right where it hurts—the scoreboard.