February 20, 2018 | 5:57pm ET
SENS ACTIVE, KARLSSON DRAWING ATTENTION
Erik Karlsson, defenceman
All of the trade buzz surrounding the Ottawa Senators in the last 48 hours seems to be focused on captain Erik Karlsson, even though a move by the trade deadline appears unlikely.
There is plenty of speculation over Karlsson’s future with the Senators, and that has caused more teams to reach out to Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion about the possibility of moving Karlsson.
As it has been widely reported, the Senators would be looking for a significant package for Karlsson, leading some to speculate the team would insist on winger Bobby Ryan to be included in a package.
Ryan, however, owns a 10-team no-trade clause and is also injured – he’s not expected back in the lineup until the mid-to-end of March, at the earliest.
While a trade involving Karlsson is more likely to occur in the off-season, possibly around the NHL Draft, if a deal happens at all, several other members of the Senators continue to attract serious interest.
Senators forwards Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Zack Smith, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzingle, and defenceman Johnny Oduya, are still being discussed around the NHL.
There are no guarantees any of these players get moved by the Feb. 26 deadline, though it’s believed the Senators are looking to move out at least one forward in exchange for future assets, with Brassard, Hoffman and Smith considered the likeliest candidates.
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