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New York Rangers Would Be A Good Landing Spot For Erik Karlsson

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Rangers GM is in good shape after initiating a brisk teardown. It was painful for the Original Six franchise to deal away Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, and Michael Grabner. But Gorton and his scouts are happier to have picks bulging from their pockets. At the draft in Dallas, the Melrose native could be winded following the five visits to the podium he could make in the first two rounds. At the same time, depending on how he approaches his restricted free agents, Gorton could have $10 million-plus available to pay Karlsson beginning in 2019-20.

It’s possible Gorton could follow former colleague Don Sweeney’s direction in 2015, when the Bruins kept all of their six picks in the opening two rounds. Or he could package some of those selections and dangle them in Dorion’s face. Ottawa has just one pick in the first three rounds: Pittsburgh’s No. 1 pick, courtesy of the Derick Brassard trade. Dorion desperately needs to get back in the draft game. Gorton can help him do so.

Karlsson would be an excellent No. 1 right-side defender ahead of Kevin Shattenkirk. Karlsson, perhaps in partnership with Brady Skjei, could help the Rangers gain traction in their rebuild. Karlsson would be another good example for Swedish teenager Lias Andersson, the No. 7 pick from 2017, to follow. Broadway can always use another star.

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Erik Karlsson May Have Played His Last Home Game For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Will the two-time Norris Trophy winner as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman stay or will he be gone before the puck drops at Canadian Tire Centre again in October?

Karlsson has one year and $6.5 million remaining on his existing contract. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has said the Senators will offer him a contract extension on July 1.

However, will Melnyk open up his wallet to pay Karlsson $80 million-$100 million on an eight-year extension to keep him here? If the cash doesn’t come here, Karlsson will receive $10 million-$12 million per season somewhere else.

Even if that contract is on the table — the Senators are also facing tricky summer negotiations with star forwards Mark Stone and Matt Duchene — will Karlsson, who turns 28 in May, buy into the planned re-tooling process that will be built around younger prospects? Moving to a big market team that spends to the NHL’s salary cap maximum could give Karlsson a faster track toward the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

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Eugene Melnyk Already Knows The Message

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

If only it were that simple.

Many believe the Senators are in dire need of fresh, new ownership, but fans aren’t going to chase Eugene Melnyk out of town overnight by putting up a few billboards.

All it might do, is aid what may well be a long, drawn-out process.

You’d like to think the “#MelnykOut” signs would embarrass the team owner/CEO/president into selling the Senators for the half billion dollars he could probably get in return, and that it would happen while they still have an exciting superstar such as Erik Karlsson and hope of a sparkling new facility at LeBreton Flats.

But then you’d also prefer things had never reached this stage, where what was once a proud hockey market is now the home of a building where seats are covered in tarp.

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Are The Ottawa Senators Interested In Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may or may not know it. But with Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion taking in his second consecutive Edmonton Oilers game, he is auditioning.

For the Oilers first, and the Senators second....

Having Nugent-Hopkins makes for three centremen in the Top 6, which pleases the coach. Having that trio — plus the $6-million Milan Lucic — gives you four forwards earning $33 million beginning next season. That’s plenty.

And that’s what has Nugent-Hopkins auditioning for the Senators as well. Because, by the time this run on McDavid’s wing ends, if the coach and GM decide that Nugent-Hopkins is not the prototypical winger for this prodigal centreman, then they might decide that Mike Hoffman is.

Hoffman makes $5.2 million for the next two seasons. He’s roughly a 25-goal man who, we would guess, could do much better than that in a season spent on McDavid’s flank. Chiarelli has already mused about the problem of having $27 million wrapped up in three centremen.

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Bobby Ryan Prepared To Move In The Offseason

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun,

Now, teams may have thought they were close to making a deal with the Senators, but only GM Pierre Dorion knows for sure. Either way, there’s no doubt conversations will pick up again after the season. The Senators will surely entertain trade talks for Karlsson at the draft, and in order to get the captain, they’ll ask that Ryan is included in the package.

The Senators will try and move the former 30-goal scorer, not because he’s a bad player or bad person — the opposite is true in both cases, actually — but because he’s not worth the $7.25-million cap hit they have him at for four more seasons.

Ryan gets it. Both he and wife Danielle like Ottawa and want to stay. But he also sees the writing on the wall....

“I understand with my contract and the obligations, that I haven’t performed up to a $7-million player,” he said. “But that’s something that happens. That’s the business side of things. I try to separate it when I get to the rink. I don’t worry about what’s going on over there, in the other hallway, I just worry about what’s in front of me. That’s all you can do.”

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Two Different Types Of Organizations, Ottawa And Carolina

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melnyk, who is believed to be facing cash crunches to keep the franchise afloat financially, has adopted a much-publicized less-is-more approach, dramatically streamlining the front office.

Dundon, who fired general manager Ron Francis this past week, has served notice of the need to expand his management team for a more specialized approach to pressing issues.

On Wednesday, moments after taking part in the Senators team photo, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion wheeled a heavy suitcase out of Canadian Tire Centre, beginning yet another scouting trip on what fans can only hope is a plan to help secure a brighter future for the organization.

No doubt during his plane rides and car trips to here, there and everywhere, Dorion is taking calls — we’re guessing many of them from Melnyk, now also serving as president and CEO of the Senators — considering any and all options about captain Erik Karlsson’s future....

Dundon, though, softened the blow by suggesting Francis had too much on his plate, telling The Athletic that “the GM job in hockey gets pretty big, their responsibilities tend to get far-reaching,” and that Francis had been weighed down by trying to do too much.

“It’s like everybody has the idea that the GM is just talking to other GMs and trying to make trades and looking for players in constructing your roster, but the truth is they have to do so much more,” Dundon said.

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Decisions Ahead For The Ottawa Senators

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

This year or next year?

As part of the three-team trade that sent Kyle Turris to Nashville and Matt Duchene to Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche acquired the Senators’ first-round draft pick in either the 2018 or 2019 NHL Draft.

It’s up to Ottawa to choose the year. And for general manager Pierre Dorion, it could be a more difficult decision than where to send Erik Karlsson this summer.

Either one is a tough pill to swallow for a rebuilding team....

As bad as the Senators have been this season, what will they look like next year without Karlsson? Will they bottom out again and have an even better chance at winning the No. 1 overall pick? Or will they go the New Jersey route and surprise everyone by making the playoffs?

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Bad Deals

from ESPN,

What's the NHL's worst contract quagmire?

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: There's always a caveat when it comes to the state of the Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, you must admit as a disclaimer that they won three Stanley Cups in six years with this core. But, as Chicago has come crashing down to pedestrian status this season, its lack of long-term viability has been exposed.

The biggest quagmire for Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman? The contract of Brent Seabrook. The defenseman carries a hefty cap hit of $6.875 million and is locked in for seven more seasons. ...

Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: The hallmark of any bloated, regrettable contract is how hard a team is going to work to make it disappear. So, with that established: Bobby Ryan has a quagmire of a deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Ryan signed his seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension in October 2014. It was a time when the franchise was defined by high-profile player departures and the stingy ownership of Eugene Melynk, who the Ottawa Sun wrote "has taken countless hits from fans worried about the club's ability to compete with a limited budget." Good to see not much has changed in three-and-a-half years....

Chris Peters: The two contracts listed above by Greg and Emily are definitely tougher to deal with than this one, but the unrestricted free agent deal Milan Lucic signed before last season with the Edmonton Oilers is going to only get more burdensome once Connor McDavid's new contract kicks in next season. Lucic will be tied for the third-largest cap hit on the team next year, assuming the Oilers don't make other deals to help improve a forward group that lacks depth. There are also five more years remaining on Lucic's deal.

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Erik Karlsson Still With The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Though the Senators received interest from several teams — including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators — nobody was willing to step up to the plate to acquire the 27-year-old Karlsson.

“We’re not going to hide the fact Erik Karlsson is a special player and he’s our franchise player,” Dorion said. “When I made it clear earlier in the year we weren’t very happy, multiple teams phoned about Erik and if a player of Erik Karlsson’s calibre was on the market, I’d be phoning and I’d probably be phoning every day.

“Erik is a franchise player and we felt there was no franchise deal out there that could satisfy us to make the best hockey deal.”

The Senators weren’t going to give Karlsson away and the indications are they wanted a big package in return which may have included five-to-six elements (first-round draft picks, legitimate NHL players and high-end prospects). That’s a difficult move for any contender to make.

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