The ongoing Erik Karlsson trade watch saga plus the latest on the Islanders and an update on Patrick Maroon in your NHL rumor mill.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are reportedly no closer to acquiring Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Photo via NHL Images)
KARLSSON TO TAMPA NOT A CERTAINTY
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators aren’t any nearer to shipping defensman Erik Karlsson to the Tampa Bay Lightning after reports on Thursday suggested a trade could be close. He also reports the Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks remain interested in the 27-year-old blueliner. While the Lightning have the assets to tempt the Senators, the word around the league is Tampa Bay executives don’t feel at this point they’re close to a deal, though that could always change.
Making the dollars work appears to be an issue. It was assumed the Lightning might try to ship Ryan Callahan ($5.8-million annual average value) back to the New York Rangers, but the Senators would still have to take on some salary in the deal. The Bolts would need sufficient cap space to both take on Karlsson’s $6.5-million AAV and also negotiate a contract extension.
The Senators also have to determine if they can move winger Bobby Ryan and his $7.25-million cap hit to another club. Garrioch wonders if the Lightning are trying to get a third team involved in the deal to take Ryan. He also reminds us the Senators are willing to be patient to find the right deal. “A deal could happen, today, tomorrow, next week, next month, during training camp or just before the next NHL trade deadline in February.”
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Greg Auman lists defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, winger Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson and Cal Foote among the notables the Lightning might have to part with in a three-team deal to land Karlsson.
NJ.COM: With a rumor floating around claiming the New Jersey Devils could be the third team involved in the Karlsson trade talks, Chris Ryan observes they have the cap space and assets to be part of the deal. He suggests they could take on Bobby Ryan while likely getting another asset in return, or acquire Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi along with another assets from the Lightning.
THE ATHLETIC’s Joe Smith last night tweeted we shouldn’t expect a Karlsson to Tampa Bay deal anytime soon. ” Not saying it won’t happen eventually, but nothing imminent or close.”
SPORTSNET’s John Shannon tweets there’s still a belief the Dallas Stars have a chance to land Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a lot of moving parts in a possible trade sending Karlsson to Tampa Bay. The Lightning must shed salary to make the deal work and the Senators hope to dump Ryan’s contract, which means bringing a third club into the mix. That team will want a sweetener to take on Ryan, Callahan or Girardi.
Meanwhile, the Senators want a solid return for Karlsson but there’s likely some assets the Lightning aren’t willing to part with. At some point, they could get this worked out, perhaps as early as today. However, it could also prove too complicated, which could send the Senators back to the Stars or considering other offers from Vegas or San Jose.
UPDATE ON THE ISLANDERS
THE ATHLETIC: Shayna Goldman lists Ottawa’s Matt Duchene or Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, Chicago’s Artem Anisimov and the New York Rangers’ Ryan Spooner as possible trade options for the New York Islanders if they wish to replenish their depth at center via trade.
NEWSDAY: Andrew Gross recently suggested Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk as a possible trade target to bolster the Islanders’ blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duchene’s been overlooked because of all the trade chatter regarding Erik Karlsson, but his future with the Senators could also be in doubt. Like Karlsson, he’s due to become an unrestricted free agent next July and could be reluctant to stick around. If so, he could be available in the trade market, though perhaps not until the Feb. 25 trade deadline approaches. Pageau, on the other hand, is a center the Senators are reportedly keen to keep.
As per Cap Friendly, Johnson carries a full no-trade clause. He reportedly hasn’t been approached yet by Lightning management to waive it. There’s no certainty he’d accept getting dealt to the Islanders. Ditto Anisimov, who has a 10-team list of preferred trade destinations. Spooner, who’s currently a restricted free agent, might be available but I’m not sure the Rangers would ship him to a rival like the Isles.
As Gross observed, the Hurricanes could consider moving Faulk after signing former Islander Calvin de Haan. Their recent addition of Dougie Hamilton could also make Faulk expendable. Acquiring him won’t be cheap as the Canes will want a decent return. The Chicago Blackhawks are also reportedly interested in him.
Gross also suggested Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba as a possible trade option but I don’t think the Jets intend to part with him.