Report: Karlsson trade offer leaked!

One NHL team is willing to pay a fortune via trade for the superstar blue liner!

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Sportsnet's Shawn Simpson set off alarm bells earlier this week when he prematurely reported that the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning had agreed to terms on a trade centering around Sens captain Erik 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

However, Sportsnet colleague and top NHL insider Elliotte Friedman refuted Simpson’s report almost immediately.

Getting denials on a Karlsson trade….we’ll just have to let things play out

Obviously the deal never came to be, but the Senators are still reportedly in negotiations with the Lightning, as well as the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers, regarding a trade for Karlsson. 

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee was reportedly close to landing the Norris Trophy winning blue liner at the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, but his refusal to include top prospect Cody Glass squashed any potential deal. According to a report from The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, it appears now that McPhee may have upped his original offer, but still is still refusing to include Glass.

Check it out:

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.

Interesting… it’s worth noting that Vegas JUST signed Miller to a four year, $15.5 million deal just yesterday. The 25 year old 40 point defenseman is locked into a very team friendly contract for the next four seasons… that HAS to be appealing to the penny pinching Senators.

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.

Interesting. While it doesn’t look as appealing as Vegas’ offer, we don’t know all the parts heading out the door from Ottawa. It’s very possible that any deal for Karlsson must also include Bobby Ryan and his $7 million annual salary.

Sit tight, hockey fans. This could all be over soon as Pagnotta anticipates a deal TODAY:

My gut tells me this matter is resolved by no later than Sunday night.