Report: Two new teams “kicking tires” on Sens’ Karlsson

Are we just now inching closer to a deal?

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We’re now over halfway through the NHL offseason and the blockbuster trade that every fan and analyst has been waiting for has still yet to materialize. Superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson remains a member of the Ottawa Senators, despite receiving interest from approximately half a dozen other teams. Evidently, Sens general manager Pierre Dorion has not seen or heard a trade offer to his liking and, as a result, Karlsson trade talks have been placed on the back burner.

There were reports last month that Karlsson was on his way to the Vegas Golden Knights, but it turned out that TSN reporter Shawn Simpson had some flimsy sources on the deal. Fake News, as they say nowadays.

Still, according to Senators insider Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, there are at least “five or six” teams still in on the Karlsson Sweepstakes, with the Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks believed to be the frontrunners. In his latest column for The Sun, however, Garrioch tossed out two more teams as potential destinations, two teams that have yet to appear in ANY rumor reports to date: the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.

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Perhaps other teams will want to get involved in the talks. You have to wonder if the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks — and this is just me talking — may kick the tires on Karlsson because they have the assets to make a deal and may see him as a player that would help get them to another level.

Interesting… two very different teams, but two teams that both have the assets to pry a superstar like Karlsson away from Ottawa.

More from Garrioch:

The Ducks are viewed as contenders every year but can’t seem to make the next step, while the Canucks are trying to determine what the next step will be in their rebuild after president Trevor Linden walked away from his post late last month because of a reported difference of opinion with owner Francesco Aquilini.
Though the Canucks had been focused on a rebuild under Linden, Postmedia columnist Steve Simmons reported earlier this month that GM Jim Benning and assistant John Weisbrod held talks with Aquilini, “who isn’t so committed to a long-term rebuild and really wants to make the playoffs now.”

There’s no doubt that the addition of Karlsson would make both teams significantly better. For the Ducks, Karlsson would cement the team as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. For the Canucks, Karlsson could vault the team into a playoff spot for the first time in four seasons.

What do you think, Sens fans? Anything tickle your fancy from either of these clubs?