Details of competing offers for Karlsson emerge in wake of blockbuster deal

As if Sens fans weren’t pissed enough already! Ouch!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, the Ottawa Senators traded superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks for a package deal of picks and prospects.

In case you missed the details, here’s the full deal: 

To San Jose Sharks:D Erik Karlsson
F Francis Perron
To Ottawa Senators:F Chris Tierney
D Dylan DeMeloF Rudolfs Balcers
F Josh Norris (rights)2019 2nd RD pick *higher of two SJ own
2020 1st RD pick *conditional2021 2nd RD pick *conditional

Underwhelming? Maybe, but you can’t argue that Sens general manager Pierre Dorion doesn’t have the guts to make a giant blockbuster transaction. The truth is that the Sens were facing a potential “John Tavares” situation with Karlsson next offseason and Dorion did his best to maximize return for his captain and franchise player. Still… you can’t help but think that he could have gotten more. 

In fact, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman dropped in Toronto’s Sportsnet 590 radio show in the wake of the Karlsson blockbuster yesterday afternoon and dropped a few interesting tidbits about competing offers for Karlsson, specifically from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights:

Check out some of these juicy quotes:

“I don’t think there was ever a Tampa deal close. But I do think, and I was told by multiple people, that aside from the deal that happened yesterday the closest they ever came was Vegas at the deadline. “
“And the problem with that deal, I was told, is that it was a good business deal for the Senators, but it was not a good hockey deal. Which means that Bobby Ryan was included and the return wasn’t good, but they would have gotten rid of Ryan’s contract. “
“If eight months ago the owner had decided it wasn’t important to include Bobby Ryan, but he just kind of made the deal they did yesterday - just Karlsson, with Vegas - I bet you that the return would have been better and they would have been in a much better situation.“
“And I think that’s probably the best question. If eight months ago they had said, ‘You know what, we’ll just worry about trading Karlsson’ and not worried about Ryan, they probably would have had a better deal.”

In the end, we all know what happened. Karlsson was shipped to the Sharks and Bobby Ryan remains with the Senators. What ultimately ends up happening with Ryan remains to be seen as it appears the Sens are in the midst of a full on, tear down rebuild at this stage. If nothing else though… you have to really wonder what the Sens could have gotten for Karlsson if they elected to pull the trigger at last February’s trade deadline. 

Then Lightning GM Steve Yzerman traded Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first-round pick, a conditional second-round pick in 2019, defensive prospect Libor Hajek forward prospect Brett Howden in exchange for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller at February’s deadline. You have to believe that Sens fans would be happier with that sort of return for their own captain…