Sens owner Melnyk responds Balsillie

Updated: August 20, 2009, 7:52 PM ET
Associated Press

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk fired back at BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie on Thursday.

Melnyk released a statement that reads like an open letter to Balsillie. He addressed claims by the Research In Motion co-CEO that Melnyk lacks personal integrity and expressed dismay over Balsillie's attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I clearly believe the sport of hockey is better off without him," Melnyk said.

The NHL's board of governors recently rejected Balsillie ...

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