Report: Sens owner meets with NHL about Cooke-Karlsson investigation


Remember the forensic investigation Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk undertook in the wake of Matt Cooke slicing Erik Karlsson’s Achilles?

Well, sounds like he’s ready to reveal his findings…

It was roughly six weeks after the incident — Cooke hit Karlsson into the boards, slicing the Ottawa defenseman’s tendon, sidelining him for 31 games — that details surfaced about Melnyk’s investigation.

“I’m going to prove whether it was intentional or not,” Melnyk said in a late-March interview on Toronto’s Fan 590. “You watch. It may be public. It may not be public, but it’s between me and the league.”

Cooke was exonerated by the league for the hit.

“I think it was intentional, but you have to be able to prove it and from all the television angles that we saw, you can’t see it,” Melnyk continued. “It was so fast. But the force of that skate, (it) had to go in through a sock, a sub sock, then (Karlsson’s) skin, muscle, sheath and then get to (Karlsson’s) tendon… either this guy is very good or very lucky, to be able to do that.”

Melnyk went on to add he had “forensic doctors” looking at the incident.

In an interesting twist, Cooke — who was playing for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident — apparently won’t be affected by this meeting and subsequent findings, according to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune. Russo reports the Wild, Cooke’s current team, won’t be affected by this either.

UPDATE: Bettman appeared on TSN 1200 Ottawa on Tuesday and said Fehr wasn’t part of the meeting, but was at the NHL office on unrelated business. The post has been changed to reflect that.

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.

Bruins put Morrow on IR, bring up Cross

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Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.

With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:

Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.

Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.

Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.

The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?