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Hoffman a hot potato

Less than a week after a story broke about his partner's alleged harassment of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson's wife, Mike Hoffman was traded — twice.

Hours after the Senators sent the forward to San Jose on Tuesday, the Florida Panthers acquired Hoffman from the Sharks. The Panthers sent a 2019 second-round pick and fourth- and fifth-round selections in this year's draft to the Sharks for Hoffman and a seventh-round pick in this year's draft.

Earlier, the Senators dealt Hoffman, prospect defenceman Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft to the San Jose Sharks for Danish forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Melinda Karlsson, Erik Karlsson's wife, filed a peace bond last month alleging that Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, posted hundreds of derogatory online messages aimed at her and her husband.

In the sworn statement, Melinda Karlsson alleged Caryk "uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead." The Karlssons' first child, a son named Axel, was stillborn in March.

In a news release announcing the trade, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said the move will "strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice."

The release made no mention of the allegations against Caryk, which Hoffman has denied.

The Panthers also did not mention the controversy in their release.



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