According to a report from TSN’s senior hockey reporter and NHL insider Frank Seravalli, trade discussions regarding Ottawa Senators superstar captain Erik Karlsson have picked up today. This in spite of the fact that the Senators shipped out controversial forward Mike Hoffman earlier today.
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.
Now, Hoffman is a member of the Florida Panthers, but Karlsson’s future with the Senators is still very much up in the air.
Seravalli reports that the Hoffman trade is little more than “noise” that only serves to distract fans and media away from the fact that Karlsson is VERY much in play and could be dealt to the Stanley Cup Finalist Vegas Golden Knights ahead of this weekend’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
“There are lots of teams around the National Hockey League who have perked up and believe that Erik Karlsson could be on the move at some point this week. The team to watch continues to be the Vegas Golden Knights, the team that went down to the wire with the Ottawa Senators until 2:45 pm ahead of the 3pm trade deadline back in February nearly pulling off a blockbuster deal to bring the two-time Norris Trophy winner to the Stanley Cup Finalist Golden Knights. ”
“It seems that those two sides have revisited talks, they’ve heated up. To be sure, Pierre Dorion’s phone is ringing.”
Karlsson, you may recall, was rumored to be on the move to Vegas along with Sens forward Bobby Ryan in exchange for a package of picks and prospects. Vegas general manager George McPhee reportedly balked at including his team’s first ever draft choice Cody Glass as part of the deal. Now that the dust has settled a bit and the Sens are clearly in rebuild mode, have things changed?