The hot topic of December is the uncertain future of defenseman Erik Karlsson with the Ottawa Senators. Since the Sens captain stated that he will seek fair market value at the end of his current contract in 2019, trade chatter has gone wild.
USA Today's Kevin Allen does start off with the still possible theory that Karlsson could re-sign in Ottawa. Allen suggests it’s plausible he could receive a seven-year deal with an annual average value of $12 million.
However, if the Senators cannot afford Karlsson and choose to trade him, Allen reveals that the return price for the star blue liner could be “a package that includes a young defenseman, a young center, a first-round pick, a second-round pick and another prospect.”
Karlsson is expected to be looking to join a Cup contender, not a struggling club such as the Arizona Coyotes or Buffalo Sabres, and could have a preference for big-market contender such as the New York Rangers or Toronto Maple Leafs.
On top of that, Allen strongly believes that Karlsson could get moved next season and then goes on to test the unrestricted free agent market, where he expects the Detroit Red Wings could make him “a monstrous offer.”
"They have $14 million coming off their payroll that summer and their intention is to find a star for their blue line. They expect their younger players to be ready. They also have a history with Swedish players," Allen explains.
Allen also doesn’t rule out the Rangers, Leafs, Boston Bruins or New Jersey Devils as possible free-agent destinations.
Can you imagine?!