The Ottawa Senators have been playing a waiting game with Erik Karlsson, however, it seems like the wait might be almost over. This summer, the Senators had offered Karlsson an eight-year extension that sources say was north of $80 million over its lifetime. He will make $6.5 million this season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019 if he doesn’t have a contract extension in place.
However, NHL and Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman has just come out with a breaking news report that a new surprise suitor has jumped on board the Karlsson sweepstakes and trade chatter has immediately picked up since.
"There is a sense today that Erik Karlsson trade talks have picked up in the last few days. Most likely destinations appear to be Western Conference. There is also a belief VAN has stepped in to see if it is a match."
While it might first sound interesting for the Vancouver Canucks to land a star defenseman like Karlsson, fans and pundits are quick to note that the deal would be a monster one, and would include several beloved young players from the BC team. According to a Canucks team insider Jeff Paterson, it is believed that the trade negotiations would surely start with Quinn Hughes and 2019 first pick that could be Jack Hughes.
Are the Canucks willing to give up on them?
Many Canucks fans would also be upset to see Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Jake Virtanen, Olli Juolevi, Thatcher Demko involved in any way in such a blockbuster trade.
When last of the trade chatter was heard on Karlsson, it was believed five to six teams, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, remain interested in Karlsson. Now, the Canucks are reportedly entering the sweepstakes, and fans are left in the dark with the exact asking price.
The Knights and Bolts have both been making a push for him since before last February’s deadline and they haven’t been deterred. It remains to be seen what the Canucks will be willing to offer.
I guess there is still some aspects of the waiting game to be played...