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Not The Best Time To Trade Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dealing Karlsson at this juncture doesn’t make sense and there’s a slim-to-none chance it’s going to happen in February.

League executives told Postmedia they believe the only untouchables on the club’s roster with the deadline looming for Dorion are alternate captain Mark Stone, Karlsson and possibly rookie blueliner Thomas Chabot.

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, Dorion can hold talks with Karlsson this summer to see what the defenceman’s salary demands are and where he envisions his future.

The Senators can offer him an eight-year extension while any team that signs him as a UFA can offer a seven-year term. Karlsson said Saturday night he wants to stay in Ottawa.

With a cap hit of $6.5 million through 2018-19, the belief is Karlsson’s camp will be looking for a long-term deal in the $10-to-$12 million range It will then be up to the organization to decide if it wants to make that kind of commitment.


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