We aren't sure of which adjective to use to qualify the ongoing Erik Karlsson trade talks, attempts and failures. Messy?
On Thursday night, the confusion of a failed trade attempt between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning went viral on social media as the deal was never made official. Let's be clear: While the Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars have all spoken to the Senators about acquiring Karlsson, the star defenseman remains in Ottawa.
The Lightning is still trying to bring Karlsson to Florida, however, it seems like a major cap space issue is putting the breaks on the move. Tampa Bay needs to convince a rival team to help them out, and while at first the Rangers were believed to be involved in a three-way trade, it seems now that another team is being dragged into the trade talks, seeing that the Lightning have only $3.4 million in projected cap space, per Cap Friendly.
According to Chris Ryan of NJ.com, the New Jersey Devils are rumoured to be the third team involved in the Karlsson trade talks. Ryan took the time to see the cap space and assets that to be part of the deal and suggested they could take on Bobby Ryan while likely getting another asset in return, or acquire Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi along with another assets from the Lightning.
"That's where the Devils could come into play. They have the cap space to help the two teams work out a deal and benefit with assets in the process."
The Stars are also believed to be playing hard to land Karlsson as they remain in the running. Some people have been having fun on social media, saying the deal with Tampa Bay fell through because Karlsson's former teammate Mike Hoffman is also in Florida, as he was traded from Ottawa to the San Jose Sharks, who then flipped him to the Panthers. You all remember there was a series of allegations made by the wife Karlsson against Hoffman’s fiancée that cause quite a ruckus in Ottawa.
The story began when comments made during a sworn statement in court by Melinda Karlsson were made available to the public. The comments outlined a pattern of abusive behavior and harassment that had been occurring over the better part of a year, harassment at the hands of a woman identified as Monika Caryk, which is indeed Hoffman’s fiancée.
Talks will keep going, and being messy, until Karlsson makes it official on where he wants to continue his NHL career.
In the meantime, let's all get into the mess!