Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, and Monika Caryk, fiancee of former Senators forward Mike Hoffman, will meet in front of an Ontario judge tomorrow afternoon to determine… well to determine just what the Hell is really going on.
In case you’ve been living under a rock this NHL offseason, Hoffman was shipped out by the Sens after news emerged that Caryk was served with a peace order (Canadian legal equivalent to a restraining order) by Karlsson for harassment and cyberbullying. Melinda maintains that Caryk personally harassed her online and in person following the stillborn birth of her deceased baby boy. The two will meet in front of a judge on Friday as Caryk seeks out a Norwich order, which essentially is a legal provision that would force Karlsson to “… disclose and provide any and all information and knowledge that is in any way relevant to the allegations.” In other words, Caryk and her legal team are gathering information from Karlsson regarding the allegations against her.
There’s bound to be a lot of dirty laundry aired on Friday afternoon… but thanks to some digging by former lawyer and NHL analyst Tyler Dellow of The Athletic, there are some important details that we already know.
Check it out:
Wow… that’s a lot of information to parse through. The biggest thing that sticks out? It sounds like Caryk was truly blindsided by these allegations and she’s now scrambling to figure out just where they’re coming from, hence the Norwich order.
Another thing that sticks out, what the Hell was the Senators organization doing while all this transpired!? Caryk claims that while the team said they would investigate, that no investigation ever took place. Not a good look for a franchise that’s already on thin ice with its fans as it is.
Some quotes from a report released earlier this week in The Ottawa Citizen:
During the Aug. 8 deposition, Caryk denied hating the captain’s wife and threatened to leave the room if Karlsson’s lawyer continued aggressively questioning her. At one point, Caryk burst into tears, the factum says.
Caryk says, during the deposition, that she and Karlsson began as friends and then “just became civil,” but says Karlsson was never outwardly hostile toward her.
“So why would you say to people that (Melinda) hates you?” Karlsson’s lawyer asked Caryk.
Caryk told the lawyer that “it sounds so stupid” but Karlsson had stopped liking her posts on Facebook and Instagram, and that Caryk was “left out from dinners” for wives and partners that Karlsson organized.
“Just there’s a chain of events that just leads you to believe certain things. Never once was it said, but that’s what it led me to believe.”
Camille Pageau, wife of Senator J.G. Pageau, sent Caryk a series of texts that evening saying she was “so upset” and “disturbed by all this.”
“You hate Melinda and I don’t understand why you would want to do anything for her! In time (sic) like this being a hypocrite is even worst (sic)! Stay out of this.”
In any case, hopefully both sides will be able to resolve this matter in short order and we can go back to following these two star players on the ice, rather than in the courtroom.
Source: Tyler Dellow
Photo Credit: Ottawa Citizen