When you thought things could not get worse in Ottawa, well, think again!
A series of allegations made by the wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson against teammate Mike Hoffman’s fiancée threatens to upend the team’s dressing room and leaves the futures of two of the team’s stars in question. Trade chatter has been added to the mix and now it seems more drama will come to the Canadian capital city...
On Tuesday an absolutely wild story engulfed the Senators and consumed a large portion of the attention in the hockey media. The story began when comments made during a sworn statement in court by Melinda Karlsson were made available to the public. The comments outlined a pattern of abusive behavior and harassment that had been occurring over the better part of a year, harassment at the hands of a woman identified as Monika Caryk, which is indeed Hoffman’s fiancée.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” said Melinda Karlsson, amongst other very insulting and hurting comments.
Hoffman has denied the accusations being made against his significant other.
“There is a 150 per cent chance that my fianceé Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way,” said Hoffman on Tuesday. “We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.”
Other wives of former players have also come forward, and different sources have revealed that Senators management were aware of this awful situation before the end of the season.
Late on Wednesday, it seemed that the Senators would not be able to recover from this new drama as Sportsnet and Sirius/XM radio host Nick Alberga reported that he has heard that Karlsson has officially demanded to be traded out of Ottawa, perhaps viewing the incident with his wife as the final straw.
Now, another very reliable source has come forward with a new twist to this already horrible story. According to James Duthie of TSN, who is also from Ottawa, there will be more coming in this story as it seems more have occurred off the ice.
"There may be more coming from the Ottawa Senators, something off ice as well. I would never put this out there unless there was something to it," said Duthie on TSN1050 on Thursday afternoon.
It's hard to believe another bomb will be dropped in Ottawa, however, Duthie seems to be warning us. Let's get ready for the worse...