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What Did The Ottawa Senators Receive In The Mike Hoffman Trade?

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

So, what do we make of the Ottawa Senators exchanging a speedy, highly-talented, but largely one-dimensional high-scoring winger for a speedy, moderately-talented, but largely one-dimensional average-scoring winger?

Well, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion could have done a lot worse, considering the circumstances.

If we go by Mikkel Boedker’s track record, he’ll probably finish with between 13 and 20 goals and with between 30 and 40 points in the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.

We can also expect many extended goal-scoring slumps. Last season alone, he had droughts of nine games, eight games, 12 games and 10 games without a goal.

In very simplistic terms, Boedker is Mike Hoffman-Lite. Out goes a first-line/second-line winger, in comes a second-line/third-line winger.


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Many Teams Showing Interest In Erik Karlsson

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There are many teams around the NHL who believe that Karlsson could soon follow Hoffman out the door, maybe even this week as the league descends on Dallas for the draft.

Karlsson has been locked in at No. 1 on TSN’s Trade Bait board since February. Already at the top of the list, there is no way for No. 1 to trend upward but the talk on Karlsson is expected to drastically heat up in the coming days.

The Karlsson Watch is on.

Karlsson, 28, holds the keys to how this all plays out – armed with both a 10-team no-trade list and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, the destination must be a long-term fit. It’s unlikely any team would shell out significant assets without at least getting the green light from Karlsson’s camp on a potential new contract.

The Vegas Golden Knights remain at the centre of the Karlsson Watch, the team that went down to the wire with the Senators on deadline day in February.

more, includes Top 25 Trade Bait board too...

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Ottawa Senators Trade Mike Hoffman To San Jose Sharks For Mikkel Boedker

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft.

"Today's trade showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice. We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

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Ottawa Senators Suspend Assistant GM Randy Lee

OTTAWA - Senators' general manager Pierre Dorion has issued the following statement on assistant general manager Randy Lee:

"As our hockey club's initial statement made clear, our Hockey Team - and our organization as a whole - will always hold our leaders, coaching staff, players and employees to the highest standards of behaviour.


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Mike Hoffman And Monika Caryk Talk

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Mike Hoffman and Monika Caryk wanted to clear the air Friday.

They both categorically deny that either of them had anything to do with the cyberbullying of Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Ottawa Senators’ captain Erik Karlsson.

Speaking in an exclusive interview from their home in Kitchener Friday afternoon, Hoffman and Caryk, his fiancée, say they’re distraught over what happened to the Karlssons and they want to help them find the person responsible.

Caryk has hired Toronto lawyer Sheila Block of Torys LLP to reach out to the Karlssons’ representatives and the Senators to conduct a third-party investigation. They are adamant that they do not have anything to hide.


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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes

Last spring, the Senators fought against the perception they were a boring team as they made a deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs. This spring, after missing the playoffs altogether, they’ve suddenly become a can’t-miss soap opera, with plot lines and story twists worthy of the back pages of tabloids.

The organization would probably love nothing more than to revert to its milquetoast persona, which included heavy debates over the entertainment value of Guy Boucher’s system.

Instead, Senators fans are resigned to their fate these days – caught in a never-ending cycle of bad news that only seems to get more bizarre with each passing day.

-Ian Mendes of TSN on the Ottawa Senators.  More from Mendes on the Senators.

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I Don’t Even Have A Headline For This

from Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned.

The application for a peace bond, sworn in front of Justice of the Peace Louise Logue on May 4, alleges that Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s partner, had threatened Melinda (neé Curry) and husband Erik Karlsson from November 2017 to the date the information was sworn to.


added 5:51pm,


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Will Guy Boucher Change His Coaching Approach?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

A big part of his future behind the club’s bench will depend on whether he’s able to come up with a new approach and provide the right answers during a meeting Monday with Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and assistant GM Randy Lee at the Canadian Tire Centre.

After sitting down with the club’s head coach during a frank discussion at the end of a disappointing regular season and a 30th-place finish, the Senators told Boucher to go away after the two-hour session and ponder what route he’s going to take to make this club better.

Now, it’s up to Boucher to show he’s ready to make the right adjustments to get this club back to having success.

“We’re going to meet with Guy on Monday and then we’re going to process all the information,” Dorion told Postmedia Saturday night after the NHL’s draft lottery at the CBC studios. “In the coaches’ meeting we did most of the talking.

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Teams Will Have To Clear Cap Space For John Tavares Or Erik Karlsson

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“Even if John Tavares or Erik Karlsson hit the market,” noted ex-Calgary GM Craig Button, now a commentator on NHL Network and TSN, “where are they headed, or where are they going?”

Karlsson, perhaps the most offensively skilled blue liner in the NHL, still has one year remaining at $6.5 million with the Senators. Rumors ran rampant at the February trade deadline that he would be dealt, a conversation that no doubt will be rekindled around the amateur entry draft.

Tavares just finished up a six-year deal that paid him $5.5 million a year. The salary cap for next season is expected to approach $80 million.

There could be teams willing to hand Tavares and/or Karlsson max deals, which would be for seven years at about $16 million per — substantially above the $10.5 million that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will earn with the Blackhawks at the top of the current pay pyramid next season.

At figures that high, noted Button, it makes for a quirky fit on any team’s cap structure.

“How do you even clear enough cap space to be able to get a Tavares or a Karlsson?” mused Button. “I’m not saying it can’t be done, but all of a sudden you are clearing out three players to get one and I’ve never figured out where that makes sense.”

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The State Of The Ottawa Senators

from TSN,

Guy Boucher's future in Ottawa remains unclear.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday the team’s entire coaching staff is under evaluation and there is no timeline for a decision.

When pressed, Dorion said the team wouldn’t make a decision until the end of April.

Boucher was an overtime goal away from the Stanley Cup Final last season, but his team regressed badly in 2017-18.

Dorion said if Boucher returns, he will need to see two changes from the team's head coach.

"We're going to implement younger players in our lineup.  And we're going to practice more," Dorion said. "If I hear 'rest is a weapon' one more time, I'll go crazy."


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