Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk made some shocking comments last week when he openly spoke about the possibility of relocation if fans in Ottawa did not start filling the seats at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Needless to say the comments were not well received at all and unsurprisingly it was one of the first questions the media had for Ottawa Senators superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson on Monday.
In a very smart move from the Senators captain, he did his very best to distance himself from the statements made by the owner of the team.
"That's none of our business," said Karlsson as per TSN "That's what he (Melnyk) worries about. We worry about playing hockey and that's all we can control.
"We show up here every day and do the best that we can and what we do...There's nothing I can do about that. Whatever he chooses to say is on him and we just worry about showing up wherever we're told to every day."
Karlsson reportedly clashed with ownership after he made comments suggesting he would test free agency in 2019 earlier this month. He wasn't alone however, former Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris also had a very public clash with Senators management this month and that has started to create a rather toxic situation around the team.
You have to wonder what the feeling in the Senators locker room is at this time or what a player like Karlsson will do when he gets the chance to go to literally any other team in the National Hockey League.