In July, it seemed as though Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was on his way to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade.Yet, the report turned out to be false, and we haven't heard anything since.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, trade talks have picked up the past few days for Karlsson, primarily among Western Conference teams. One team that is believed to have interest are the Vancouver Canucks.
There is a sense today that Erik Karlsson trade talks have picked up in the last few days. Most likely destinations appear to be Western Conference. There is also a belief VAN has stepped in to see if it is a match.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 22, 2018
The Canucks have come out of the blue, to say the least. However, they have one thing that the Senators desperately need, and those are top prospects. The Canucks farm system is deep, which could entice the Senators to negotiate a trade.
As we all know, Karlsson is set to hit free agency at the end of the upcoming season. We have seen it so many times before, teams in the NHL will flip an impending free agent if they know they have zero chance of re-signing them at the end of the season.
Interesting thing to note is Vancouver will have approximately $30 million in cap space for the 2019-20 season, according to CapFriendly.com, if they choose to offer Karlsson a long-term contract.
Erik Karlsson could be on the move soon, and he could be heading to Vancouver.https://t.co/Ay4lVy38yq— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 22, 2018
For Karlsson, he is coming off a down year, recording just 62 points through 71 games last season. However, he is still one of the top defensemen in the NHL.
He has gone on the record to say he wants a large contract and will not take anything less. Karlsson could command a Drew Doughty-style contract, who is set to make an annual salary of $11 million over eight years with the Los Angeles Kings, which kicks in next year.
The countdown of a Karlsson trade is still ticking, but we can now add the Vancouver Canucks as a potential landing spot.