Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is not going to let team owner Eugene Melnyk's comments about the franchise over the weekend affect the team's play or how things develop as the star blueliner heads towards free agency. "That's none of our business," he told reporters after practice on Monday. "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." Melnyk brought up the possibility of relocation and said a new downtown arena at LeBreton Flats may never happen while speaking during the team's alumni game at Parliament Hill on Friday. While he denied rumours the team was for sale, he did insinuate relocation could be considered. Karlsson, who will become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, has been the already subject of trade speculation after saying earlier this month that he intends to pursue market value on his next contract. If any talk of the team moving could have an effect on where he plays in the future, the two-time Norris Trophy winner was not showing his hand. "That's again, something that I haven't really thought about and again - I'm happy right now," he said. "I'm happy where I am and I'm worried about us getting out of the slump we're in here and making sure we're in the postseason here again." Melnyk added on Friday that he's running most areas of the organization on a tight budget and the next area to be cut could be players' salaries.
Karlsson: Melnyk's remarks 'none of our business'
TSN | Dec 19