NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 13, 2018

by | Jun 13, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

The latest on Barry Trotz, Mike Hoffman, Slava Voynov, Samuel Girard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Tens of thousands of people turned out for the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup parade and rally yesterday. Meanwhile, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz strongly hinted he could be returning next season. Trotz’s contract expires at the end of this month. “We’ll talk,” Trotz said. “We’re going to enjoy this with the players. I love the players, I love D.C., my family loves it here. We’ll get something done.”

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Melinda Karlsson, wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson, has filed an application for an order of protection against Monika Caryk, girlfriend of Karlsson’s teammate Mike Hoffman. Mrs. Karlsson alleges Caryk has harassed the couple since November 2017, much of it involving their still-born son. Hoffman and his representatives have denied the allegations.

The girlfriend of Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman is accused of harassing teammate Erik Karlsson and his wife. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain why the Senators have reportedly attempted to trade Hoffman since midseason. 

TSN: Speaking of the Senators, assistant general manager Randy Lee is due in a Buffalo court on July 6 to face a harassment allegation.

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports several teams have interest in former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who’s hoping to return to the NHL after spending the past three seasons in the KHL. Voynov departed for Russia in September 2015 rather than face deportation after spending two months in jail following his “no-contest” plea on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friedman notes Voynov will have to overcome several hurdles to return to the NHL, including getting a U.S. work visa and applying to the league for reinstatement. Any club interested in Voynov must first make a deal with the Kings, who still hold his NHL rights. 

NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard escaped serious injury in a single-car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel on route to Montreal for offseason workouts. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes will not exercise any contract buyouts this summer. Pending UFAs Brad Richardson, Luke Schenn, Kevin Connauton and Zac Rinaldo appear headed to free agency. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have hired former New Jersey Devils executive Steve Pellegrini as an assistant GM. Pellegrini had previously worked with Isles general manager Lou Lamoriello during the latter’s tenure as Devils GM. 



  1. Lyle the Hoffman situation is unfortunate. Makes sense why His name has been in the rumor mill, prior it made no sense to me.
    How much value does he now have if any?

    • It could have an effect. Some GMs will be concerned. I don’t think it’ll prevent him from being dealt but it could limit the potential destinations.

      • It has to have some effect. GMs would have to factor in what effect, if any, Hoffman’s accused partner would have on the receiving team. Warring wifes/partners have the same negative effects on the team as players themselves.

    • All the Sens need is two teams interested and they will bid against each other. Thete has been afairs and other stuff. Change of scenery. It will be forgotten.

  2. If the allegations against Hoffman’s partner are true then it makes him almost untradable unless he splits ways with her. Players wives/partners are also big parts of the teams and to have someone like that hanging around is not something any GM wants.

    • Hammond’s wife comment of “..if you only knew how unsurprising this is…” really stands out. I believe Melinda