Ottawa Senators

Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

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Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda lost their son one month before his due date.


"The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son.

We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."

The couple announced via Instagram in November that they were expecting, and the CBC reports the baby was due in April.

Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke about the tragedy after Ottawa's game vs the Panthers on Tuesday (1:36 mark in video below).

Karlsson, a rumored Bruins target before the trade deadline, received heartfelt condolences from the hockey world on Twitter:

Our thoughts too go out to Erik and Melinda during this incredibly difficult time.


Morning Skate: Time to put Willie O'Ree in the Hall

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Morning Skate: Time to put Willie O'Ree in the Hall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the Zack Snyder fans need to give it a rest. His DC movies sucked. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

*TSN asks the question as to whether Willie O’Ree should be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Frankly, I find it embarrassing that he’s not already in there after being the first black player to cross the NHL color barrier with the Bruins. This should have already happened a long time ago, but it’s never too late to honor a great man and trailblazer.

*All the Stanley Cup contenders have improved around the NHL as the trade deadline has come and gone. Well, almost all of them anyway.

*The Florida Panthers were heavily involved in the talks for Ryan McDonagh and expect to be very active during the offseason when some big names could be available.

*It is absolutely a tough time to be an Ottawa Senators fan these days with a team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference pile and star players that are poised to take off.

*Speaking of the Senators and Erik Karlsson, it sounds like the Vegas Golden Knights have made inroads toward landing the Sens D-man this summer.

*For something completely different: A great piece on Drazen Petrovic, who died 25 years ago in a car accident and is probably my second favorite NBA player of all-time behind Larry Joe Bird. I used to do major damage playing Petrovic and Derick Coleman with the New Jersey Nets in NBA Jams back in the day. Much respect to the best European hoop player that I ever saw play the game.



Morning Skate: Coming this summer, second-chance Karlsson Derby

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Morning Skate: Coming this summer, second-chance Karlsson Derby

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while never underestimating the meaning behind a protective boot.

*It would have taken a mammoth deal for Erik Karlsson to move ahead of the Monday trade deadline and that deal never fully materialized for Ottawa. But for all of those teams that missed out on the Ryan McDonagh sweepstakes and, yes that means the Bruins as well, Karlsson is going to be back up on the trade block come this summer at the draft. So, get your best assets ready and clear off some cap space, and this two-time Norris Trophy winner could be yours.

*The first NHL trade deadline day for the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres was a pretty big dud and that includes only getting a second-round pick for Evander Kane.

*Larry Brooks details a bold, risky strategy by the New York Rangers to really shed a big part of their established roster with a team that still could have made the playoffs, and instead really rebuild it the right way to get a truly competitive team.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty opening up about some difficult days in Montreal with the Habs.

*It sounds like there is an HBO piece that is going to delve pretty deeply into the concussion issue with the NHL.

*For something completely different: Got to give some love to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bish for his piece on"Star Wars Rebels".