Mike Hoffman was traded twice Tuesday morning, going from the Senators to the Sharks to the Panthers, nearly a week after allegations surfaced that his fianceé harassed Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson‘s wife online.
The first deal sent Hoffman, ECHL defenseman Cody Donaghey and Ottawa’s fifth-round choice in the 2020 draft to San Jose for veteran forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020.
Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement that the trade “showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice.”
About two hours later, Hoffman was traded again, this time going from San Jose to Florida along with a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft for the Panthers’ picks in the second, fourth and fifth rounds of the draft, which begins Friday.
“Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL,” Panthers president and GM Dale Tallon said in a statement. “His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group.”
On May 4, Melinda Karlsson filed an order of protection against Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s fianceé, alleging that she harassed the Karlssons online. That harassment included remarks about the death of their child, who was stillborn in March, via comments on Melinda Karlsson’s Instagram account under a pseudonym.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead … uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to end his career,” the document said, according to media reports.
Hoffman and Caryk have denied the accusation.
“It’s 150 percent that it’s not us,” Hoffman told the Ottawa Citizen. “We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to cooperate in any way to solve this and figure it out and prove that it wasn’t us.”
But the court of public opinion ruled against them swiftly. That included the spouses of former Senators players who spoke out against Caryk and in support of the Karlssons on social media.
“This crossed the line from cyber bullying to something entirely different in April,” Julie Turris, the wife of former Senators center Kyle Turris, wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunate that this private matter has become public. Incredibly proud of my girl for standing up for herself and her family, it took courage.”
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
Hoffman has 107 goals and 123 assists in 342 games for the Senators since 2011-12. He was viewed as a valuable commodity at the trade deadline for teams seeking a productive left winger with a reasonable cap hit of $5,187,500 through 2020.
Boedker, 28, is coming off a 37-point season and makes $4 million through 2020. For Ottawa, the attention now turns to Karlsson, the team’s superstar, who can sign a new deal with the Senators beginning July 1. He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.