While the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline didn’t provide a blockbuster John Tavares or Erik Karlsson trade, it did provide hockey fans with lots of trade chatter about the two superstar captains. Tavares trade talks never really took off, but all indications are that Karlsson was HEAVILY shopped by Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and that the Vegas Golden Knights came within a hair of landing the superstar blue liner.
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reported earlier this season that both Karlsson and teammate Bobby Ryan were nearly sent to Vegas as part of a package deal, but that things fell about in the final moments prior to the deadline. So far we’ve only been able to speculate at Vegas’ offer, but thanks to a recent report from Friedman, the picture is becoming clearer.
In his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Friedman reports that the biggest sticking point in negotiations was Dorion’s insistence on landing top prospect Cody Glass from the Golden Knights. Glass, selected 6th overall by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, is the team’s first ever entry draft selection and a fine offensive prospect. You can see why Vegas GM George McPhee was reluctant to part with his prize draft choice.
The Golden Knights came close to acquiring Erik Karlsson at the deadline. After seeing how the Capitals locked down the neutral zone and point men in the final, you can see how they might revisit something like this.
Word is one of the biggest hang-ups at the end was Cody Glass, drafted sixth overall last June. Vegas didn’t want to include him.
The 19 year old Glass had another stand out season for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, putting up 37 goals and 102 points in 64 games in 2017-18. It’s expected that he’ll push for a top-six roster spot in 2018-19 with the Golden Knights and there’s no doubt that he’d have a plum spot on the Sens’ top scoring line were he moved at the deadline.
With the trade freeze now lifted and with Vegas still in search of a top blue liner, will the two teams re-open trade negotiations? Time will tell.