The fireworks began not long after breakfast as one trade went down, then another, then condemnations flew on Twitter, then an all-star sniper declined an extension in Columbus, and all hell broke loose, officially.
Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorian made the first step to repair his broken locker room when he dealt goal-scoring LW Mike Hoffman with sweeteners to San Jose for Michael Boedker. San Jose promptly flipped Hoffman to Florida, which is in the same division as Ottawa, for three draft picks. In case you’ve missed the sensational headlines, Hoffman’s fiancee has been accused of cyberbullying Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson’s wife.
Read the saga and Florida GM Dale Tallon’s reaction here (Sportsnet).
And yes, the Sharks got more for Hoffman than the Senators.
Pierre Dorion is a big believer in not trading players within his own division. Often says he rarely talks shop with other GMs in the division. Interesting play by #sjsharks.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 19, 2018
Sliding into hockey fans DM’s, the Columbus Blue Jackets are testing the trade market for Artemi Panarin, after “the bread man” declined a contract extension (Columbus Dispatch).
Josh Yohe of the Athletic (stick tap to Josh), added fuel to the fire. The beat writer extraordinaire reported Penguins winger Phil Kessel is not opposed to being traded. Yohe broke more news about Phil’s preferred destination (The Athletic. Subscription required).
Phil Kessel isn’t opposed to being traded. But a reunion with Rick Tocchet in Arizona isn’t likely.
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticPGH) June 19, 2018
Before you catch your breath, Barry Trotz is racking up more frequent flyer miles than lost luggage. Smartphones have changed the world. There is nowhere to hide (Russian Machine Never Breaks).
In case you missed it, Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski summarized the Penguins best chance to quickly improve–Trades at the draft. With a few hints dropped in, as well (Pittsburgh Hockey Now).
And Matt Gajtka took a numerical approach to the less reported possibility that Derick Brassard could become the Penguins trade bait (PHN Extra. Subscription Required).