A few weeks ago, things in link with Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and a potential trade went from dead quiet to some freaking loud in a matter of seconds when the Vancouver Canucks were said to be joining the sweepstakes for the all-star defenseman. Things have remained the same since, and all that fans seem to know is that it was once believed that the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights were among the frontrunners in the Karlsson sweepstakes.
NHL insider Darren Dreger was a special guest onThursday’s edition of Leafs Lunch on Toronto’s TSN 1050 and revealed some interesting information on what has been taking place in the Karlsson saga in the recent weeks, according to Chris Nichols. It is believed that one substantial offer was made to land the services of the Senators best player.
“I know one of the teams involved made a pretty substantial offer, I would say several weeks or so ago, and I’m told that there were six elements to it. So you’re talking about at least a couple of roster players, at least a couple of prospects, and at least a couple of draft picks. Now, some of that is conditional on whether Erik Karlsson would sign with that team."
Dreger believes that while Sens GM Pierre Dorion is hesitant about making a trade, Ottawa will still end up on the losing end of any trade offered for the all-star defender.
“The reality of that situation in Ottawa is you cannot win this trade,” said Dreger. “You can’t win because Erik Karlsson is the best player in the deal no matter how many pieces you’re getting back.
“But I don’t blame Pierre Dorion one bit. I don’t. He’s in a position where he’s got to maximize the return."
Training camp is fast approaching, and like many, Dreger wonders how things will be in the Senators dressing room if Karlsson, as it seems now, will be back with his teammates following all of this trade chatter.
"What I wonder about though is what’s it going to be like in training camp. What’s it going to be like when you start the regular season and Erik Karlsson is still around.
“Because that stuff, it impacts the dressing room. It does. When you’ve had all of the speculation swirl around for so long, you’ve had the nonsense of the whole Hoffman scenario, all of that; there’s still a dark cloud over that room and it won’t get better with Erik Karlsson still around.”
The Senators offered Karlsson an eight-year extension that sources say was north of $80 million over its lifetime, but the offer was not accepted. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019 if he doesn’t have a contract extension in place.
Let's see if one rival team can make a better offer than the one Dreger has told us about...