Forward Mike Hoffman found himself being traded twice on Tuesday, about a week after reports surfaced that his fiancée harassed teammate Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda online.
At first, the Ottawa Senators shipped Hoffman to San Jose and before being traded to the Florida Panthers just two hours later. Ottawa and San Jose exchanged defenseman prospects Cody Donaghey and Julius Bergman, in addition to fifth- and sixth-round 2020 draft picks respectively.
“Today’s 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,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization.”
Then, Florida received Hoffman and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft while San Jose acquired a fourth- and fifth-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019.
“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.”
Just last week, reports surfaced that Melinda Karlsson had filed an order of protection against Hoffman’s fiancée, Monika Caryk. Karlsson claimed the online harassment was more than 1,000 negative and derogatory statements. remarks about the death of their child, who was stillborn in March.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” Melinda Karlsson said last week. “She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career.’”
Hoffman made a statement denying everything, claiming there was a “150 percent chance that my fiancée Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued.”
However, multiple wives of Senators players have taken to Twitter to come to the defense of Karlsson and backed up her claims.
“Her fixation with Mel has always been unhealthy,” Kodette LaBarbera, wife of former goaltender Jason LaBarbera tweeted. “Then it became scary. So glad Mel is protecting herself. No team will welcome this girl to the room.”
The Senators were quick to fix this controversy. However, trade rumors are revolving around Karlsson and it will be interesting to see whether or not this was the team showing a commitment to their captain.