NHL Rumor Mill Afternoon Update – February 24, 2018
Quick updates on the Senators, Sharks and Panthers in your NHL afternoon rumor update.
SHARKS INTERESTED IN KARLSSON
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the San Jose Sharks are among several teams to contact the Ottawa Senators about defenseman Erik Karlsson. LeBrun doubts there’s a fit there but noted Sharks GM Doug Wilson reputation for pursuing name talent in the past. He also points out the Sharks have the cap space to make this move, especially if Senators winger Bobby Ryan is to be included in the deal.
Darren Dreger reports the Ottawa Senators scratched defenseman Johnny Oduya from today’s game against Philadelphia as a precautionary measure. Dreger said there’s no deal in place for Oduya but the club is working on it.
Dreger also reports the Sharks have asked veteran winger Joel Ward for his six-team no-trade list.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I blame Wilson for inquiring about Karlsson, but I agree with LeBrun that there doesn’t seem to be a fit there. Unless, of course, a third club gets involved and they hammer out a complicated three-way deal akin to the Brassard trade on Friday.
PANTHERS PURSUING McDONAGH?
SPORTSNET: John Shannon tweeted the Florida Panthers appear to have interest in New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDonagh has a modified no-trade. If the Panthers are on that list, he won’t be going there.