Hold on, hang in there, there is only two days to go to Monday's trade deadline, who is driving everyone crazy. Especially when it comes to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, who could end up elsewhere in two days after he leaped at the top of the TSN Trade Bait board following NHL insider Bob McKenzie’s report, leaping over pending free agents Rick Nash and Mike Green.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has been playing hard on the market to try and land Karlsson, and NHL insider Pierre LeBrun recently revealed in one of his articles in The Athletic that the Nashville Predators are also interesting in landing the Sens captain.
"The Senators spoke to several teams about Erik Karlsson this week, and who knows if he’s traded or not before Monday’s deadline, but I love the fact one of those teams I’m told chatted with them was Nashville. Yes, the Predators. The team with the best top four in the NHL. I can’t see how the Preds could ever swing it so I’d call it a longshot at best, but it just goes to show you that veteran GM David Poile leaves no stone unturned. He probably just wanted to see what’s what. One thing we know about him, he’s not scared to ask, or act."
But, now you better add the San Jose Sharks to the list of teams interested in the Senators defenseman... LeBrun added on Saturday that the Sharks have spoken to the Senators about Karlsson.
LeBrun explains that while he isn't sure there is a fit between both clubs for a trade, he isn't surprised by the Sharks going "big game" hunting again.
Recently, NHL insider Darren Dreger and McKenzie both agreed that a massive offer will be needed to land Karlsson, but the latter believes a rival team might have the perfect trade pitch to convince GM Pierre Dorion to pull the trigger on his captain. McKenzie said he’s heard “upwards of five, six, seven pieces” and perhaps a team being asked to take on forward Bobby Ryan’s contract in that same deal. It is to be noted that Ryan still has four seasons remaining at an annual salary-cap hit of $7.25 million on his current deal.
"I think the Ottawa Senators are somewhat open to the idea of trading Erik Karlsson between now and the deadline and as a result those conversations are taking place. But it’s got to be for an absolutely huge haul. We’re hearing upwards of five, six, seven pieces and perhaps teams being asked to take on Bobby Ryan’s contract that has four years to go at more at $7 million a year. So to your point, Darren, I think the prices are astronomical and maybe that means they don’t really want to trade him between now and the deadline. But if they get a king’s ransom then they would consider it."
If the report is true and that Dorion is indeed looking to offload Ryan and his massive contract in any potential Karlsson deal, LeBrun added the Sharks have tons of cap room to take on both players.
Karlsson has recorded five goals and 42 points in 55 games for the Senators, while Ryan has tallied seven goals and 14 assists in 40 games. He finally returned to action on Thursday after suffering yet another hand injury.