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    That Mike Hoffman came as no surprise; the move for the Senators was a matter ofwhenand not if.It became a reality just six days ago when , Monika Caryk, were made public. Melinda Karl son, the wife of Senatorscaptain Erik Karl son, filed an order of protection in Ottawa, cataloging what was described as an extended period of online hara sment and cyber bullying. And while Hoffman and Caryk have since , as much was made clear by Hoffman’s agent Robert Hooper: these two parties could no longer coexist on the same team.On Tuesday, the Senators did what everyone expected to doin practice (trade Hoffman)while coming to terms with the harsh reality of the circumstances surrounding this deal: Getting a market-value return for Hoffman was going to be near impo sible.MORE:So general manager Pierre Dorion did perhaps as well as he could under the circumstances. At least, without the public knowing the scope of the offers Ottawa was receiving. The transaction Chase Claypool T Shirts can e sentially be boiled down to Hoffman for Mikkel Boedker, while the other piecesevened out.Then things turn a drastically more unexpected turn, with the Sharks flipping Hoffman to the Panthers for a series of draft picks. Each team had its own motivations in these two trades made in quick succe sion, and each had to pay for those subplots.Senators receive from San Jose:Forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a 2020 sixth-round draft pickSharks receive from Ottawa:Forward Mike Hoffman, defenseman Cody Donaghey and a 2020 fifth-round draft pickPanthers receive from San Jose:Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round draft pickSharks receive from Florida:2019 second-round pick, 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round draft pickMORE:Sharks: A-San Jose was in the market for a forward this offseason, already linked to the usual suspects like and John Tavares. This comes a month after , only to extend him seven years before he Najee Harris T Shirts became an unrestricted free agent.Knowing how close the Sharks were to getting over the hump this season, GM Doug Wilson took advantage of the blood in the water and poached Hoffman, a very good two-way forward, from Ottawa. Then Wilson immediately decided to flip Hoffman, putting the Sharks in position to go after both of those aforementioned quality forwards this offseason.Per a league source, the Sharks are positioning themselves to make a run at both John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk. Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) Looking at the totality of the moves, the Sharks moved out a good deal of salary cap out, shedding Boedker’s contract, which was set to pay him $4 million each of the next two seasons. And with that added room under the cap ceiling, the Sharks can aggre sively pursue both Kovalchuk and Tavares, pitching each free agent to join what is already a very skilled top-six.This is where things get interesting:On paper, the Sharkshad the option to keep Hoffman and still recruit Tavares. And Hoffman, who has four consecutive 22-goal season under his belt, seems like more of a sure bet than Kovalchuk, 35, who has spent the past five years abroad in the KHL.MORE:But the team that was going to acquireHoffman (becauseHoffman was 100 percent going to be traded)was always going to have to come to terms with acquiring the very-obvious baggage he brings with him. Maybe Wilson and Co. were uncomfortable not knowing the results of a pending investigation into Hoffman and Caryk’s alleged role in the Karl son drama. In that case,maybe Hoffman served as themeans to an end, positioning the Sharks to be major players in different waters.In his explanation of the trade sequence, Wilson made note of all the young players Plaxico Burress Jersey in San Jose’s system ready to jump in and take the next step. It would help explain coming out of this trade rodeo without Boedker or Hoffman.Per Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson: San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) But this leaves San Jose,a team that is very much in win-now mode on the heels of a second-round exit in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, to be major players acro s the board. Whetherthey make good use ofthe cap space created remains to be seen, but either way, Wilson just carved out his seat at the table and did so while acquiring a decent haul of draft picks. That’s nothing to laugh at.Wilson moved fast, and dangled a player in front of Dorion who fits the needs of the Senators. In making the move, Ottawa rid itself of Hoffman from its roster, and thanks to Boedker’s front-loaded contract, will actually save a bit of money based on his salary owed ($3 million per) versus actually annual average value ($4 million per). That checked two major boxes for Ottawa,while Wilson plotted to quickly move Hoffman right back out.NHL DRAFT 2018: | Panthers: B-The Panthers were one of the best teams in the NHL down the stretch, completing a torrid run from January on that nearly catapulted them into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. They fell short of that mark, and one of their clear deficiencies was goal-scoring.GM Dale Tallon just addre sed that need, but at a price, and also with a bit of Karl Joseph Jersey uncertainty attached to it.In theory, the Senators and NHL will continue with theirinvestigation into the allegations made by Melinda Karl son, the results of which will obviously go a long way in shaping Hoffman’s off-ice reputation. There may also be something to be said about how a new locker room will accept Hoffman and, by extension, Caryk. Fair or unfair, if Caryk really was responsible for what wasalleged, new teammates may judge Hoffman based on a guilty verdict.Tallon said he reached out to several Panthers players about the fit and received”no pushback.”NHL DRAFT 2018:Tallon on Mike Hoffman: “Together, we discu sed that what happened there is in the past and were moving forward with a clean slate.” Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) GM Tallon said homework was done on Hoffman off-ice i sues, says it’s behind them, feels Fla players, wives, girlfriends will welcome the player and the deal. Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) But in a best-case scenario (for team and player), T J Watt T Shirts Hoffman arrives in Florida and gets a clean slate. He instantly becomes the best winger on the roster. If he plays on a line withAleksander Barkov, it has the makings of one of the top defensive units in all of hockey.Those types of aren’t easy to acquire via trade in the NHL, unle s of course the player in question finds himself in a situation like Hoffman’s. The Panthers are a suming a risk in that regard, but there likely isn’t a player of Hoffman’s quality coming in any of the draft slots Florida sent to San Jose. In that sense, it’s a calculated risk.It is hard to just commend the Panthers and Dale Tallon for acquiring a player of this caliber though given what transpired in the expansion draft, . To forget t

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