Hoffman traded to the Sharks, then flipped to the Panthers

Mike Hoffman gets traded as the Ottawa Senators continue to rebuild

Brayton Wilson
June 19, 2018 - 11:02 am

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The Ottawa Senators have been the focus of ridicule in the National Hockey League ever since their magical run to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Senators finished the 2017-18 season as one of the worst teams in the league with a 28-43-11 record, their owner has publically taled about selling the franchise, and captain Erik Karlsson has been speculated to be available on the trade market with his contract set to expire in 2019.

The latest black eye for the Senators came last week when the news came out that Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an application for an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of forward Mike Hoffman, Monika Caryk. However, Hoffman and Caryk have both come out to deny any allegations.

Hoffman had also been the subject of trade talks in Ottawa with the team looking to hit the reset button. The 28-year-old is entering the third year of a four-year contract that holds an average annual value of $5,187,500. Entering the market, Hoffman's value was considered high with his playmaking ability and heavy shot on the power play. However, his value took a bit hit once the news broke of his girlfriend allegedly harassing the Karlsson family.

Early Monday morning, the Senators decided to move Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks along with prospect Cody Donaghy and a fifth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Heading back to Ottawa in the trade is forward Mikkel Boedker, prospect Julius Bergman and a sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

In parts of seven seasons with the Senators, Hoffman scored a total of 107 goals and registered 230 points in 342 games. His best season in Ottawa came in 2016-17 when he scored a career-high 29 goals and 61 points in 79 games played. Last season, Hoffman appeared in all 82 games, but scored just 22 goals and put up 56 points.

Boedker had spent the past two season with the Sharks after signing in San Jose as a free agent in 2016. The 28-year-old is also entering the third year of a four-year deal that pays him an average annual value of $4 million. In 155 games played with the Sharks, the Danish forward has scored 25 goals and registered 63 points.

A couple of hours later, the Sharks decided to flip Hoffman to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, and a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

This trade opens up some salary cap space for the Sharks as they will now likely look to make a free agency pitch to John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk. In addition, the Sharks are able to add a few more draft picks to their cupboard over the next two years.

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