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Senators Trade Mike Hoffman Amid Cyberbullying Investigation

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The Ottawa Senators have traded left winger Mike Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks roughly a week after allegation surfaced that Hoffman’s fiancee harassed the wife of captain Erik Karlsson’s wife online.

Ottawa traded Hoffman along with ECHL defenseman Cody Donaghey and Ottawa’s fifth-round choice in the 2020 draft to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020.

“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,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a released statement.

Melinda Karlsson filed an order of protection against Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s fianceé, on May 4, alleging that she harassed the Karlssons online. The harassment allegedly included comments made about the death of their child, who was stillborn in March, via comments on Melinda Karlsson’s Instagram account under a pseudonym.

“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead … uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to end his career,” the document said, according to media reports.

Hoffman and Caryk have denied the accusations.

“It’s 150 percent that it’s not us,” Hoffman told the Ottawa Citizen. “We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to cooperate in any way to solve this and figure it out and prove that it wasn’t us.”

Hoffman has scored 107 goals and 123 assists in 342 games for Ottawa since 2011-12.

Boedker, 28, is coming off a 37-point season.

“Mikkel Boedker is a competitive, versatile, two-way forward who can play both wings. 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 fits with our vision for the team,” Dorion said.

Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes Activate Goalie Scott Darling

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling has been officially activated from injured reserve Monday and then subsequently assigned to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint,  Hurricanes’ general manager Don Waddell announced on Monday.

Darling will suit up on Wendesday for the Checkers as they take on the Utica Comets and it will mark Darling’s first appearance since suffering a lower-body injury during Carolina’s final preseason contest back on September 30th.

Darling is looking to bounce back following a rough 2017-2018 campaign.

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Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones To Make Season Debut Against Arizona

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will make his long-awaited season debut on Tuesday as the Blue Jackets take to the ice to face off with the Arizona Coyotes, Columbus head coach John Tortella announced on Monday.

Jones has been out since a preseason game back on September 25th which saw him suffer an MCL sprain that was initially to sideline him for four-to-six weeks of time.

The return of Jones will be a welcome sight for the Blue Jackets as Jones finished second in team scoring last season and led all Columbus defensemen with 57 points.

 

 

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Devils’ Jesper Bratt Out 2-3 Weeks

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New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Bratt will be out 2-3 weeks with a broken jaw.

Bratt, 20, was injured Thursday when he was hit in the face by a puck that was shot from the point and deflected off the crossbar.

“It was just a freak accident after practice; he was in the corner and there was a shot that went to the net and it hit the crossbar and inadvertently hit him,” Devils head coach John Hynes said (h/t NHL.com). “He has a fracture and no surgery is needed, so that’s good news. He should be able to continue his physical activity over the course of that time and he’ll be back ready to go when that time comes.”

“It stinks because he’s had a great training camp,” Devils forward Travis Zajac said. “He was playing better than how he started last year, but he’ll get a chance to come back even stronger. It’s one of those things as a young guy you just have to take in stride, not let it bother you, and just make sure you’re prepared to contribute when you do come back.”

“I met up with him right away after practice Thursday, and you feel so bad for him,” New Jersey forward Marcus Johansson stated. “This is once-in-a-lifetime thing to play an NHL game in Sweden and having family and friends here. He was playing really well, too, and working hard all summer.

“It’s not a fun situation and he’s not happy right now, but he’s a young kid and he has a lot of hockey ahead of him so you don’t want to risk anything by coming back too soon.”

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