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Report: As Karlsson trade talks heat back up, a new frontrunner emerges

Yet another twist in the Erik Karlsson soap opera!

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Since last week’s pre-emptive trade report regarding Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson courtesy of Sportsnet’s Shawn Simpson, the hockey world has been at a standstill, ready to take in the superstar defensemen’s next move.

In case you missed it, Simpson set off alarm bells last week when he prematurely reported that the Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning had agreed to terms on a trade centering around Karlsson, only to have the trade fall apart prior to the official announcement. 

My NHL sources tell me a Karlsson deal to Tampa is done, pending a call with the league office. TSN1200

Obviously the deal never came to be and Simpson was forced to eat his words.

This past weekend, The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reported that the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars are still very much in on Karlsson discussions.

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Talks between the two clubs are ongoing, and a deal would include Bobby Ryan. Vegas would ship back a hefty package, and the names of Shea Theodore, Colin Miller, Erik Brannstrom and Erik Haula have reportedly been discussed as some of the pieces. We’ll see where it goes.

Pagnotta also reports that the Stars will NOT include former third overall selection Miro Heiskanen in their offer, instead electing to go with a package of lesser prospects:

If the Sens go to the dance with the Stars, they’re looking at a package that includes blue liner Julius Honka, some of the team’s other prospects like Jason Dickinson, Dennis Gurianov and/or Riley Tufte, among others, and a young roster player.

This morning however, NBC’s Kathryn Tappen reports that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is continuing to negotiate with Sens general manager Pierre Dorion on a deal and has potentially emerged as the frontrunner, once again.

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The TBLightning continue their trade talks with the Senators for Erik Karlsson. Tampa looks to clear cap room to accommodate the all star defenseman. 

Wow… could you imagine the Lightning’s defense corps if they managed to land Karlsson? Karlsson, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh, Mikhail Sergachev… that’s pretty formidable. 

Now, of course, nothing is done until it’s done. We’ve already learned that lesson with last week’s false alarm. Still, it looks as if the Lightning and the Sens are inching closer to a deal. Don’t be surprised if Karlsson ends up changing localities by the end of the week.