This should not surprise anybody by now. A series of allegations made by the wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson against teammate Mike Hoffman’s fiancée threatens to upend the team’s dressing room and leaves the futures of two of the team’s stars in question.
Rival teams have been listening to the chatter and one of them might be ready to make a move, not only to benefit themselves, but also the Senators who are struggling badly, after already an embarrassing season. Things are getting out of hands and the Edmonton Oilers believe they can do something about it.
On Tuesday an absolutely wild story engulfed the Senators and consumed a large portion of the attention in the hockey media. The story began when comments made during a sworn statement in court by Melinda Karlsson were made available to the public. The comments outlined a pattern of abusive behavior and harassment that had been occurring over the better part of a year, harassment at the hands of a woman identified as Monika Caryk, which is indeed Hoffman’s fiancée.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” said Melinda Karlsson.
“She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career."
“Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional.”
Hoffman has denied the accusations being made against his significant other.
“There is a 150 per cent chance that my fianceé Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way,” said Hoffman on Tuesday. “We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.”
Unfortunately for Hoffman and his accused partner, other have come out to comment and corroborate the statement made by the Karlssons, including the wife of former Senator Kyle Turris, Julie Turris and the wife of former Ottawa netminder Andrew Hammond.
Late on Wednesday, it seemed that the Senators would not be able to recover from this new drama as Sportsnet and Sirius/XM radio host Nick Alberga reported that he has heard that Karlsson has officially demanded to be traded out of Ottawa, perhaps viewing the incident with his wife as the final straw.
According to Oilers insider Jim Matheson, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli could have made a pitch to land either Karlsson or Hoffman this summer, in order to boost his own lineup and help the situation with the rival Canadian team.
As much as the addition of Karlsson would be a huge game-changer, Edmonton would have to have at least $6 million in salary going out in that deal. While the Oilers would need to move money, Chiarelli once said he'd be willing to include his first round pick in this year's draft in a major deal. It would be a monster trade.
Like Matheson says however, the Oilers will not be the only club looking to “give the Sens a hand” by offering to acquire one of the two players involved in the chaotic situation in Ottawa.
This sounds like its open season in Ottawa and all other 30 teams across the NHL will pounce of this huge opportunity.