February 24, 2018 | 2:20pm ET
KARLSSON TRADE TALKS HEATING UP
Erik Karlsson, defenceman
The Ottawa Senators continue to field trade discussions with several teams about captain Erik Karlsson, who could be moved by Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
There are no guarantees Karlsson is dealt in the next two days, as many believe the Senators are more likely to trade him around the NHL Draft in Dallas in late-June, but teams have initiated trade talks.
Karlsson, 27, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $6.5 million salary cap hit. He owns a 10-team no-trade list and has some say in where he could end up.
The Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers are among the teams believed to have interest, to varying degrees, in Karlsson.
A trade is not yet believed to be imminent, as of Saturday early-afternoon, but Senators GM Pierre Dorion has been engaged in many discussions with other clubs about Karlsson, and several others of his players, and at least one offer has already been presented to the Sens, according to one league source.
Forwards Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and defencemen Johnny Oduya and Ian Cole are among those being discussed.
Cole, acquired from the Penguins in Friday’s three-way trade with the Golden Knights, is expected to be shipped to another team by the deadline, while Oduya was pulled from Saturday afternoon’s game in anticipation of a trade.
As it has been widely reported, the Senators’ preference is to attach a Ryan trade while moving Karlsson, but that will likely include a third team to step in and help facilitate a move.
Ryan, like Karlsson, also owns a 10-team no-trade clause.
Karlsson remains #1 on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.