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Breaking: Sens rocked by yet another off ice scandal

First Karlsson, then Lee, then Hoffman… what a soap opera!

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In case you’re not entirely up to date in the soap opera series known as the Ottawa Senators, allow us to get you up to speed:

  1. Their superstar captain had reportedly requested a trade because…
  2. He and his wife were the victims of an abusive attack campaign from the fiancee of former teammate Mike Hoffman.
  3. Assistant general manager Randy Lee was arrested and subsequently suspended by the team for allegedly sexually harassing a teenage bus driver. 

What a mess…

The latest reports now indicate that Karlsson has been granted permission to negotiate a contract extension with other NHL teams. Again… what a mess…

Well, buckle up Sens fans because the news gets even worse. Katie Strang of The Athletic issued a report this morning that indicates the Sens may be facing yet another lawsuit from the 19 year old hotel shuttle bus driver whom accused Lee of arrassment back in May.

Read below for Strang’s excellent coverage of this latest charge:

… the 19-year-old hotel shuttle driver who said he was harassed by Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee last month during the NHL scouting combine in Buffalo has retained a prominent civil litigation attorney to potentially pursue a suit against both Lee and the Senators.
Charles Desmond, the attorney on retainer for the teenager, confirmed to /The Athletic/ on Monday morning that he is exploring legal remedies for his client. Desmond said he will wait to see how the criminal proceedings against Lee unfold before moving forward with a civil suit, but anticipates that will come soon with things “moving quickly” on that end.
Lee will have a pre-trial hearing in Buffalo City Court on Friday, during which he will also be arraigned for an additional charge of second-degree harassment.
Lee will face two charges of second-degree harassment for an incident which was said to have occurred on May 30. The shuttle driver for The Westin Buffalo, where Lee was staying, said Lee asked to sit in the front seat for the approximately one-mile trip from a local sports bar, 716, back to his hotel and repeatedly touched and rubbed the driver’s shoulders despite the driver’s protests.
According to a sworn statement filed with the court, the complainant reported that “the defendant made offers to massage parts of his body” and that “the defendant tried to get the complainant to look at his groin area because he had an erection.”

Man… you REALLY have to feel for Sens fans this offseason. Not only is the team on the verge of driving yet another superstar out of town, but they also have read daily reports of the team’s legal troubles. Then there’s the whole situation with owner Eugene Melnyk threatening to move the team…

Good grief, what a terrible situation in Ottawa.