PTFlea wrote:How does your gm not know this and have traded him long ago?
First it's quite easy...you're asking a gm to track all the social media accounts of all the players and their girlfriends/wives as well as have a PI contanstatly look for the ghost accounts they might create for stupid stuff like this. Second there's still no proof that Mike knew, although the evidence is now starting to mount that if he didn't know it was her that posted the stuff he was at least aware of an issue.
Third, there is always issues with the wives/girlfriends of players on the team. Maybe not all of them, but I'm not aware of a single team in the history of the game where all the better halves got along. So the stuff that the other wives are starting to talk about (ie not being shocked) isn't uncommon. I don't mean the stuff said, but the fact that there were issues between two of the women on the team.
It's not up to the front office to police that unless it gets out of hand, and there's a lot of evidence that Melinda Karlsson didn't want to make a big deal about it so didn't. It wasn't until things went bat Dung crazy about mid late March early April that the Karlsson's decided enough was enough.
The team doesn't nor should they care about issues with the wives, but once it was brought to their attention (Karlsson's people let the team know that they were seeking the restraining order) that the team took notice. The story is going to get worse, when more details get out. This is the end of Hoffman, but then again that was decided a long time ago. He wouldn't be the first player traded because the star player had an issue with him or his wife, and he won't be the last.
Karlsson may not decide to stay, but regardless Hoffman's days in Ottawa are done. It's possible that he can prove he had no knowledge and decides to kick her to the curb (if she is *ahem* guilty) but short of that he can't stay in this city. No more than Bill Buckner could stay in Boston, or J.R. Smith can stay in Cleveland.
We could be without our top dman and top Scorer soon and nothing we can do about it. The issue for me isn't whether the front office knew about any of this, it's that when there's one bad thing you can excuse it, maybe two or three but since November it's been a steady stream of huge media blunders that just keep pushing the team to new lows.
I'm starting to believe the only way the NHL can correct this is with a new owner...I'm starting to get the feeling that the fans are not going to accept anything less.