Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion revealed that his team had to trade forward Mike Hoffman because the team's dressing room was "broken." And while the problem might be fixed following the transaction, there is still way too much happening in Ottawa.
News broke last week that Melinda Karlsson filed a peace bond in May alleging Monika Caryk posted hundreds of derogatory and harassing online messages aimed at her and her husband. Hoffman and Caryk have denied the allegations and have not been charged in relation to the incident, while captain Erik Karlsson keeps considering a trade for a fresh new start.
And it seems like he is not the only one. TSN Senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli has just reported that starting netminder Craig Anderson could also be on the move. The Senators are said to be working with agent Justin Duberman to try and find a potential new home.
The rumour was also mentioned in NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman's 10 Thoughts article on this week's rumblings on Sportsnet:
"Senators GM Pierre Dorion made it clear the likely outcome is he keeps the fourth-overall selection and doesn’t give it to Colorado. Dorion wouldn’t discuss specific players on his roster, but one other name to add to Erik Karlsson and Zack Smith as trade potential is Craig Anderson."
Despite the horrendous season, Anderson was one of only two goalies — the other being Carolina’s Scott Darling — to play at least 40 games and post a sub-.900 save percentage.
After deciding who to select with the No. 4 pick on Friday, the next order of business will be to try their best to re-sign captain Karlsson to an extension, which could eventually convince Anderson to remain in Ottawa. Of course, the Sens also must think about making another pick at No. 22, the selection they acquired in the deal that sent centre Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins, before the end of the day.
There is a just a lot happening for the poor Sens. If Anderson is moved and a deal can be made between team management and his agent, it surely indicates that Ottawa is entering a full on rebuild.