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Senators trade Mike Hoffman to Sharks amid harassment allegations against fiancée

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/19/2018 Tom Schad

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The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that they have traded forward Mike Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks after allegations that his fiancée harassed captain Erik Karlsson's wife.

The Senators sent Hoffman, defenseman Cody Donaghey and a 2020 fith-round pick to San Jose in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a 2020 six-round pick.

Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said the move was made with the intent of "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," Dorion said in a statement.

Hoffman, averaging 26 goals per season over the past four seasons, has been far more productive than Boedker in their careers, but his trade value was diminished by accusations that his fiancée Monika Caryk had been accused of cyberbullying Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa star Erik Karlsson.

Hoffman, with two years left on his contract paying him an average of $5.25 million, has been the subject of trade rumors since the middle of last season.

Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Senators star Erik, has sought a protection order against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancée, amid allegations that Caryk "uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead," according to The Ottawa Citizen

The Karlssons’ first child, a son named Axel, was stillborn in March and after that occurred derogatory comments about Melissa were still being posted through social media.

Hoffman subsequently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper, and the Senators released a statement saying that they would investigate the matter in conjunction with the NHL.

A spokesperson for the Ottawa Police Department told USA TODAY Sports last week that the department "does not confirm or deny investigations about named persons" unless charges are filed.

Boedker, 28, is the same age as Hoffman, but has never scored 20 goals in a season. He netted 15 last season.

Dorian was in a poor bargaining position because everyone in the NHL knew he had to deal Hoffman to help clean up any residual dressing room issue. Teams were less interested in Hoffman after this issue recently was revealed.

It’s also possible that Karlsson will soon be traded because the Senators are unlikely to be able to re-sign him next summer when his contract expires. The return on Karlsson will be strong, because Karlsson is the league’s most dominant puck-moving defenseman.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad. Contributing: Kevin Allen. 

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