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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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I would love to know the details surrounding what Nashville was considering in a trade for Karlsson. While he’d the kind of player that would be good on any team it’s not like Nashville really needed to upgrade their defense to be a contender.

Posted by evileye on 02/27/18 at 01:59 PM ET

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I would love for this guy to play for Wings, second coming of Lidstrom.  What can we do to get him?

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 02/27/18 at 02:40 PM ET

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Unfortunately, I really don’t think the Wings have the assets or the salary cap space. You’d need someone a lot more creative than Holland to pull off such a deal.

The Senators would almost certainly start their asking price at Larkin plus Detroit’s first round pick this year and it wouldn’t shock me if they asked for more.

I guess with Mrazek gone, Green’s hit gone after this season and Kronwall’s after next fitting his contract might not be impossible but it isn’t going to leave a hell of a lot for Mantha, AA and other improvements.

Posted by evileye on 02/27/18 at 03:18 PM ET

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Considering what Karlsson’s going to get if he hits UFA ($10milx7years minimum, and that’s doing someone a favor), he’s just too rich for the Wings’s blood. If we were coming into the upswing side of a rebuild I might consider it, but it’s going to get worse before it gets any better, and he’d just be in another Ottawa situation. If KH somehow turns into the the much ballyhooed “Best GM in Hockey” that eveyone used to think he was and the rebuild gets cranked up when EK hit UFA, then make him an offer. But to trade for him before we get to that point would torpedo any rebuild and just be a waste.

Posted by Steeb on 02/27/18 at 03:37 PM ET

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While he’d the kind of player that would be good on any team it’s not like Nashville really needed to upgrade their defense to be a contender.

Posted by evileye on 02/27/18 at 12:59 PM ET

Maybe they want to be the only team with an All-Star on the 3rd pairing.

The Senators would almost certainly start their asking price at Larkin plus Detroit’s first round pick this year and it wouldn’t shock me if they asked for more.

Posted by evileye on 02/27/18 at 02:18 PM ET

This always annoys me.  Larkin with 7 years until UFA is probably a more valuable asset than Karlsson with 1 year until UFA, even if Karlsson is a much better player.

Posted by EthrDemon on 02/27/18 at 04:55 PM ET

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