We have all been so focused on the John Tavares watch, that we seem to have forgotten that the start of the free agency season also means a lot to the Ottawa Senators and captain Erik Karlsson. We don’t know exactly what Senators general manager Pierre Dorion will offer Karlsson in terms of a contract extension, however, if Karlsson wants nothing to do with it, we have the beginning of a great blockbuster trade run!
There is a lot of pressure on Dorion and the Sens, especially since star defenseman Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings agreed on terms for an eight-year, $88 million extension on Friday night. Karlsson, who could become a unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, can officially receive a contract extension offer from the Senators on Sunday.
Drum rolls. You've guessed right. The trade chatter has picked up again!
It has been said by many sources that talks between Dorion and Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee resumed this week. Indications so far are that, if this deal is completed, it may also include Senators Bobby Ryan, who has four years remaining on his contract with a whopping cap hit of $7.25 million per year.
It appears to be a must for the Sens, and the Golden Knights could always managed the hefty contract with nearly $30 million in cap space. Vegas was reportedly were close to completing a trade at the February deadline, and it seems talks have picked up where they had left.
According to TSN's Travis Yost, it is probable that one of Shea Theodore or Colin Miller would be sent to Ottawa in the deal, as Ottawa is in the market for a right shot defender.
However, while everyone keeps focusing on Tavares and the long sweepstakes for the most coveted free agent this summer, Yost believes the Senators could benefit from waiting after the New York Islanders captain has made his decision to pursue trade talks on their own captain. The Tampa Bay Lightning, who has met with Tavares and are awaiting his response, could turn to Ottawa and chase Karlsson if they do not come out winners in the Tavares sweepstakes.
It's never boring in the NHL, right?