To say it’s been a rough year for the Ottawa Senators would be a brash understatement. After being just one goal away from the Stanley Cup Final back in 2016-17, the Senators have been the source of nonstop embarrassing and bizarre headlines.
The latest headline on that list may be the wildest one yet.
Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson, filed an order of protection against Monika Caryk, fiancée of another Senators star, forward Mike Hoffman. While no criminal charges have been filed just yet, the allegations are nothing short of shocking.
According to the court filing, Melinda Karlsson said that Caryk “uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” while also wishing that an opposing player would “take out” Erik Karlsson’s legs to “end his career.” Moreover, Caryk allegedly posted more than 1,000 derogatory social media statements about Melinda.
One of those comments that allegedly came from a Caryk burner account generated headlines of its own back in March, when the Karlssons tragically lost their infant son, Axel.
Hoffman put out a statement disputing the accusations on his fiancée's behalf.
"There is a 150 per cent chance that my fianceé Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way. We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.
“We’ve offered to co-operate and do anything it takes to find out who is doing this, and support [the Karlssons]. Obviously this is a tough time that they’re going through, and we want to find out who is doing this, because for some reason it’s coming into our court, and it’s 150 per cent that it’s not us.
“We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to co-operate in any way to solve this and figure it out, and prove that it wasn’t us.”
That said, Erik Karlsson’s Instagram reply sure implies that he knows who is behind the troll accounts, and a few of his peers’ wives took to Twitter to shed some light on the matter.
oh man if you only knew how unsurprising this actually is. horrible just horrible. and the worst part of all of this is how @MelindaCurrey just wanted to keep this private because she’s THAT nice of a person even when a person can be this cruel to her. https://t.co/L3UEmuIpDO— Marlee Hammond (@marlee_kat) June 12, 2018
This crossed the line from cyber bullying to something entirely different in April. Unfortunate that this private matter has become public. Incredibly proud of my girl for standing up for herself and her family, it took courage. https://t.co/wAOwGTlKy2— Julie (@julieturris) June 12, 2018
Her fixation with Mel has always been unhealthy. Then it became scary. So glad Mel is protecting herself. No team will welcome this girl to the room. https://t.co/SkBgajwhgQ— Kodette LaBarbera (@KodetteLaBarbs) June 12, 2018
Two of those wives, Turris and Hammond, would presumably have firsthand knowledge of the relationship between Caryk and the Karlssons, as their husbands played for the Senators as recently as this past season.
To put into perspective just how crazy things are up in Ottawa right now, this isn’t even the only story about the Senators and a harassment-based protection order to break this week. A 19-year-old shuttle driver in Buffalo was granted a temporary order of protection against Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee after alleging that he was subjected to inappropriate touching and comments a couple of weeks ago.