Ottawa Senators’ Mike Hoffman (68) celebrates his power play goal with Erik Karlsson (65), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia on April 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris Szagola

Ottawa Senators trade Mike Hoffman, less than a week after allegations involving partner

Following the trade Senators make no mention of allegations against Hoffman’s partner

The Ottawa Senators have traded forward Mike Hoffman less than one week after a story broke about his partner’s alleged harassment of team captain Erik Karlsson’s wife.

The Senators announced Tuesday they have 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.

RELATED: Benning stands firm on Gudbranson, will keep him with Canucks until 2021

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.

Hoffman, 28, had 22 goals and 34 assists last year for 56 points. Boedker, 28, had 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in his 10th year in the NHL.

“Mikkel Boedker is a competitive, versatile, two-way forward who can play both wings,” Dorion said in a statement. “He has a track record of playing his best hockey in the most important games, including the playoffs and internationally. His skill set — in particular his speed — along with his veteran leadership with with our vision of the team.”

Bergman, 22, was San Jose’s second-round choice (46th overall) in the 2014 NHL draft. The Swedish defenceman played in the American Hockey League last season. Donaghey spent most of last season in the ECHL.

“We are confident (the trade) is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of the organization,” Dorion said.

RELATED: Blue Jay Roberto Osuna not expected to appear in court

The alleged harassment story was one of the latest development in a turbulent stretch for the Senators.

Last week, the Senators suspended assistant general manager Randy Lee, who has a court date in Buffalo next month for a harassment charge. Lee will miss this weekend’s NHL draft in Dallas.

Meanwhile, former captain and fan favourite Daniel Alfredsson was quoted saying at an event in Ottawa he hopes the Senators are sold to an owner other than Eugene Melnyk to ensure their future in the nation’s capital.

Billboards were erected earlier in the year in Ottawa with the hashtag #MelnykOut. Before an outdoor game in December in Ottawa, Melnyk threatened to move the franchise if attendance didn’t pick up.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Reducing crime is a top priority in Red Deer’s 2019 operating budget

City council will debate operating budget from Jan. 8th to 18th

Kira Isabella set to perform at Bo’s on Jan. 29th

Isabella has signed on with Aaron Pritchett’s ‘Out on the Town’ tour

A new Innisfail seniors lodge is on the way

Autumn Glen Lodge replaces an existing 57-year-old facility with a new complex with a 60-unit lodge

Red Deer prepares for Alberta Country Music Awards

The final round of voting to select award winners ends Dec. 28th

Retired B.C. teacher a YouTube Sudoku sensation

A retired Kelowna teacher has amassed quite the following online by teaching the art of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

Firm says trees obstructing vision at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection

Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured in the collision at an intersection north of Tisdale

Three victims of ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest suing Alpine Canada

The victims are also seeking $150,000 each in punitive damages

Trudeau names four new senators, filling every seat in the Senate

Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and will have the chance to appoint more in 2019

Judge gives Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion

Humboldt Broncos, cannabis, Fortnite: Here are Canadians’ top Google searches for 2018

When celebrities died or Canada Post went on strike, Canada turned to Google

Condominium market still ‘a lot better’ than normal in Vancouver suburbs

The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.

Most Read