In case you missed it, controversial NHL forward Mike Hoffman has been traded not once, but twice this morning in separate deals.
First, Hoffman was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the San Jose Sharks in a four player deal that also sees veteran forward Mikkel Boedker change localities.
TRADE: The Sens have acquired forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghy and Ottawa’s fifth-round pick in 2020
Then Hoffman was flipped by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to the Florida Panthers in exchange for draft picks:
*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.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon spoke with Senators insider Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and admitted that he was in discussions with Sens general manager Pierre Dorion to acquire Hoffman from the Sens, but couldn’t come to terms. It wasn’t until yesterday evening that an opportunity with the Sharks presented itself.
Tallon said he spoke to Ottawa last week “but the price was too high to pay.” Got a call from Sharks last night and made the deal.
Tallon said he didn’t offer the package to Ottawa that he gave to San Jose.
Quite a whirlwind morning for the controversial forward…
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. Still… a trade out of Ottawa seemed inevitable. No one could have predicted that he'd be swapped twice in the matter of an hour, however.