On Friday afternoon, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post presented fans a complicated scenario.
The reporter believes Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson presents a perfect opportunity for the New York Islanders to add a big-time defenseman with a right-handed shot.
And right away, we think of Isles captain John Tavares, who still awaits to make a decision on a contract extension with the the club that selected him first overall in 2009...
What if there was a plot to trade Tavares for Karlsson? Now, to be perfectly clear, Cyrgalis does not present that option. Instead, he wonders if "something close to Jaroslav Halak, Joshua Ho-Sang, a first-rounder and a second-rounder" could bring Karlsson to New York.
But let's ponder the crazy offer, and ask yourself: Would you pull the trigger on that blockbuster deal?!
It has been made clear that rookie center Mathew Barzal is a non-starter in trade talks. With the 20-year-old's emergence, he is starting to prove he could become the successor to Tavares. In 32 games with the Isles thus far this season, Barzal has recorded eight goals and 28 points.
Isles general manager Garth Snow has stockpiled two first-round and two second-round draft picks, plus he also has some highly regarded prospects that could instead be sacrificed to land Karlsson.
The superstar defenseman is also rumoured to be a great fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, but Sens GM Pierre Dorion said they want to try to re-sign their captain this summer and the earliest they can open contract talks is July 1.