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Has Karlsson been violating the CBA all along?

One fan does a little digging and discovers something very problematic for the Senators superstar captain…

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If you’ve been following the case of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson this season, you may think that you’ve heard everything. Contract discussions, trade rumors… the entirety of the 2017-18 season has been a giant “will he or won’t he” type situation for Karlsson and Sens fans. But today… today we have a new one for you.

Senators fan Chriscftb97 posted a theory on Reddit’s r/hockey subreddit today, accusing Karlsson of violating the terms of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement by taking snus, a Swedish tobacco product similar to chewing tobacco, during games.

From the CBA:

Exhibit 14.9.
"The use of tobacco products while in the presence of fans in any area or while attending any team function is prohibited"
Fines imposed in connection with a Player's initial violation (first offense) of [Exhibit 14] shall not exceed $250.00 in U.S. Currency, fines imposed for any subsequent offense of the same rule by the same Player shall not exceed $500.00 in U.S. Currency.

Chriscftb97 then serves up some evidence:

Well... the evidence speaks for itself. It's undeniable that Karlsson is taking snus in-game, but really... what's the NHL going to do about it? The NHL's punishment for violating section 14.9 of the CBA is a mere $250 for the first offense and $500 for every subsequent instance. Given that Karlsson earns nearly $80,000 per game (!!!) on his $6.5 million annual contract, we're willing to bet that he's not too concerned with the financial ramifications of the NHL's rules. But... if somehow, someway this information were to go viral, we suspect that the NHL will not so politely request that Karlsson knock it off. After all, there are kids watching and heaven forbid that they see a grown man chewing on tobacco in between all the league's advertisements for beer and fast food... but we digress.

To check out the Reddit post yourself, click here.