According to a report from Sportsnet’s Pierre Lebrun, the San Jose Sharks have traded recently acquired forward Mike Hoffman to the Florida Panthers.
More to come.
The Panthers have now confirmed the news:
Here's the official press release courtesy of their website:
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have acquired forward Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Florida's 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.
"Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL," said Tallon. "His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group."
Hoffman, 28, appeared in all 82 of the Ottawa Senators regular season games, registering 56 points (22-34-56). The 6-foot, 181-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario, has produced 20-plus goals in each of his last four seasons, including a career-high 29 goals in 2015-16.
Over 342 career regular season NHL games with Ottawa (2011-12 to 2017-18), Hoffman has amassed 230 points (107-123-230) and has notched 14 points (7-7-14) over 25 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Prior to beginning his NHL career, Hoffman won the 2011 Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. He produced 169 points (71-98-169) over 242 career AHL games. Hoffman was originally selected by Ottawa in the fifth round (130th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Hoffman, of course, had been rumored to be on the move for months, but when allegations against him and his fiancee Monika Caryk from Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda Karlsson became public earlier this month, trade talks intensified. Caryk is alleged to have planned and executed an elaborate cyber-bullying and online harassment campaign against the Karlssons, which went to a whole new level following the stillborn birth of the Karlsson’s first son Alex in March. Erik and Melinda were in Canadian court last month and had a “peace bond”, essentially a restraining order, issued against Caryk as a result. Both Hoffman and Caryk have denied the allegations and have spoken out against the Karlsson’s in an attempt to clear their name.