Things haven’t been going well for Senators fans lately. From their erratic owner, Eugene Melnyk, to finishing 30th in the NHL last season, hope for success seemed to be fading in Ottawa. Yesterday, a chapter closed on their tumultuous year, as Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks.
In exchange for the two-time Norris Trophy winner, Ottawa will receive four players — forward Chris Tierney, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, and forward prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers — as well as a first-round draft pick (2019 or 2020) and a second-round pick in 2019. If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, that first-rounder will be in 2019; otherwise, it’s a 2020 first-round pick that will go to Ottawa.
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— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2018
This marks the end of an unusual ongoing situation in Ottawa. Sadly, tragedy struck Erik and wife Melinda Karlsson as they lost their unborn son in March – just a month before the baby was due. Making matters worse, Melinda and Monika Caryk (girlfriend of Mike Hoffman) had a public feud where Melinda had accused Monika of ruthless cyberbullying, including wishing death upon their unborn child and hoping that someone takes out Erik’s legs to end his career. None of these allegations have been proven, and Caryk vehemently denies to be the culprit of these attacks.
Trading Karlsson was part two of clearing the air in Ottawa – part one was when Mike Hoffman was traded to San Jose (then immediately flipped to Florida) back in June. Trading away their franchise player may mark the start of the turn-around in Ottawa.
So long, to the duo that created the greatest stretch pass goal in NHL history…