February 24, 2018 | 2:20pm ET
PANTHERS INQUIRE ON KARLSSON, McDONAGH
Ryan McDonagh, defenceman
The Florida Panthers have doing their due diligence and exploring the market, inquiring on several players to see what the asking price is ahead of Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
Two players the Panthers are believed to be interested in and have asked about are Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, both of whom have one-year remaining on their respective contracts after this season.
A number of teams are interested in both Karlsson and McDonagh, though as of Saturday early-afternoon, a trade involving either player is not considered imminent.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been fairly active lately, and has plenty of salary cap space to work with if he acquires a player with a significant contract – the Panthers have just under $7 million in cap space on the season, which, pro-rated, equates to over $30 million at this point in the season, as per CapFriendly.
Teams have also called the Panthers about some of their players, including forwards Nick Bjudstad and Vincent Trocheck, though it’s unclear if Tallon is interested in moving either player.
The Panthers also sit five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and any move to bolster the club is more likely to have a longer-term effect.
Karlsson and McDonagh fall within the Top 10 on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.