In case you missed it, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson has reportedly turned down an eight year, $80 million from his team and has been granted permission to negotiate a contract extension from interested trade partners.
The Ottawa Senators offer to defenceman Erik Karlsson in July 1st was for 8-years, $80 million with an AAV if $10 million.
This was the last ditch effort from the Senators and Karlsson turned it down.
Senators have given interested teams permission to talk contract extension with Karlsson. Sounds as if he is looking for Doughty deal (8x11)
In the wake of these developments, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period is now reporting that at least eight teams are in the running to acquire Karlsson, with the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights believed to be the frontrunners
As we’ve mentioned over past few days, VGK, NYR and at least one more team has expressed interest in acquiring both Karlsson/Ryan. There are 6-7 other teams after just Karlsson. Told NYI is among them.
As Pagnotta points out, Vegas and the Rangers jump to the forefront due to their ability and willingness to take on forward Bobby Ryan and his $7 million annual contract. At this point though, we can only speculate as to who else may be in negotiations with the Sens for Karlsson.
You have to believe that the Tampa Bay Lightning are involved in discussions, as Karlsson was rumored to be heading to Tampa at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline before the Lightning settled for former Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman would of course need to shed some salary to fit Karlsson under the salary cap, but he does have some trade chips to play with, most notably forward Tyler Johnson.
The New York Islanders, who of course waved goodbye to captain John Tavares this past weekend, are also reportedly in the mix to land Karlsson. Isles GM Lou Lamoriello appears to be scrambling to fill the void left by Tavares and, while Karlsson plays an entirely different position and fills a different role, the team has considerable dollars they can offer up to the superstar blue liner on a longterm deal.
It remains to be seen where Karlsson ends up, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: his time in Ottawa is almost up.