Hoffman Dealt the Sharks, Flipped to Panthers
The Ottawa Senators have traded forward Mike Hoffman, defenseman Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round draft pick in 2020 to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman, and a sixth-round draft pick in 2020. The Sharks then dealt him and a seventh-round pick to the Florida Panthers for Florida’s 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No one’s surprised that Hoffman got traded. He was a fixture for months in the trade-rumor mill. Allegations of cyberbullying leveled at his fiancee by Erik Karlsson’s wife perhaps hastened his departure and adversely affected his trade value. Donaghey, 22, spent last season with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. It’s interesting that this became a three-way move.
My initial assessment was this was an interesting move by the Sharks, bolstering their scoring depth while showing a willingness to take on a player with personal baggage, as well as perhaps taking them out of a possible free-agent bidding for New York Islanders center John Tavares.
With Hoffman and his $5.18-million cap hit through 2019-20 now with the Panthers, looks the the Sharks intend to keep some cap space available for a run at Tavares if he hits the open market on July 1.
Hoffman, 28, has tallied over 20 goals and 48-or-more points in each of the last four seasons. Though he can be a streaky scorer he should bring an additional boost of offensive punch to the Panthers, who were in the market for a scoring winger. There was talk the Panthers had talked to the Montreal Canadiens earlier this year about left wing Max Pacioretty but the Hoffman acquisition could mean they’re no longer considering that option.
It’s a bit pricey for the Panthers in terms of the draft picks they gave up but at least it didn’t cost them a first-rounder. Given their youthful roster, they’re obviously comfortable with it. If Hoffman delivers immediate results it could be worth it.
There was speculation the Senators might get a first-round pick as part of a return but they got nothing close to that.
They do get a veteran winger in Boedker, a speedy two-way playmaker who has two 50-point seasons on his resume. While his defensive play could be better than Hoffman’s, his offensive production tends to be inconsistent.
Bergman, 22, is a mobile young blueliner who’s yet to reach the NHL level, having spent the past three seasons in the AHL. He could get his opportunity with the Senators.