The gloves are off now.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has fired back at Jim Balsillie for arguments he made during legal wrangling over Balsillie’s attempt to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes.

In a recent court filing, Balsillie’s legal team argued that moral grounds and questions of character are not grounds for denying someone ownership of a franchise.

In a public statement aimed directly at the Research In Motion co-CEO, Melnyk stated that Balsillie’s conduct towards the league and other owners has led him to conclude that, “the sport of hockey is better off without him.”