Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk is a Complete Mess and Fans Deserve Better

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Eugene Melnyk attends the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk owes some money, and that is just the beginning of a series of missteps surrounding the 60-year-old.

Melnyk is in the midst of a court battle with Mohegan Sun casino over gambling debts.

The Senators owner apparently owed $900,000 in debts to the casino and paid them off through five separate payments that TD Bank did not honor. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority filed suit in July in order to claim the money plus approximately $200,000 in interest.

Melnyk reportedly made these five payments over the span of three days in March of 2017. In a New London, Conn. courtroom, the gaming authority presented evidence proving Melnyk's long history with the casino, including an application for $1 million in credit signed Dec. 1, 2004.

Melnyk has filed papers citing possible defenses. His attorneys have suggested that the gaming authority may not have presented the bank drafts in time and that delays may have kept TD Bank from honoring the payment. He also alleges the casino may have forced him to gamble until he lost a significant amount of money.

The Ottawa owner is not a fan favorite, and it seems the fan base has reason for him not to be.

On the ice, the Senators seemed like Stanley Cup contenders until ownership and management let things spiral out of control, eventually leading to the departure of some of their best players. Things became bad enough last year with the team's performance alone that Melnyk met with the mayor of Ottawa to discuss it.

Needless to say, Sens fans deserve far better than what Melnyk is providing on a daily basis.