According to multiple insider reports, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson may end up a member of the San Jose Sharks before everything is said and done with regards to tomorrow's 3pm ET trade deadline.
Up first, TSN 1200 host and Ottawa Senators insider AJ Jakubec broke the news, reporting that the Sharks are making a “serious” push for Karlsson but that the Sens’ insistence on including overpaid winger Bobby Ryan in any potential deal is complicating matters.
TSN analyst Travis Yost, who is quite frankly an extremely reliable source when it comes to Sens information, confirmed Jakubec’s report shortly after:
Yost also cryptically reported that “a couple” Western Conference teams are getting in on the Karlsson Sweepstakes. Does this include the Sharks?
Regardless, it does in fact look like Karlsson will be moved tomorrow.
Wow… this is literally a once in a lifetime trade for the Sens franchise. The last time the Sharks were involved in a deal of this magnitude, they managed to pry Joe Thornton away from the Boston Bruins. Could history be repeating itself? There was also the Dany Heatley trade with the Sens... hmmmmmm.
Also… just imagine for a moment what a blue line with both Karlsson and Brent Burns would look like…
The Tampa Bay Lightning remain a front-runner in the sweepstakes, but will general manager Steve Yzerman's insistence on keeping all his roster players, including youngsters Brayden Point and Vladislav Namestnikov, spoil a potential deal? Meanwhile, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has few young assets that he could send to the Sens in a potential deal, but 21-year-old sophomore Timo Meier could be in play.
Wherever Karlsson ends up, he's let it be known to Sens management that he'd like the situation resolved quickly and does not want to labor the point.
Fair enough... if Karlsson enters next season as the Senators' captain then he'll be subjected to the same circus show that New York Islanders captain John Tavares has endured all season long. But until Karlsson is either traded or re-ups in Ottawa, expect the trade chatter to continue. Tomorrow should be interesting...