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Tracking the Erik Karlsson Rumors

When all of this first came out, it seemed harmless enough.  It was the candor that we’ve become used to seeing and hearing from Drew Doughty.  To be frank, it is always more refreshing to hear honesty than placating clichés and rhetoric,

Again, with no real idea as to what got Erik Karlsson motivated to join in on the UFA salary expectations and all, this was doomed to go south in a hurry, and we are left un-disappointed..  There was nothing direct at him, nor any derogatory sub-current that would implicate Karlsson was some money hungry hog looking for more at the trough.

Even validating that he would go and seek out his ideal contract would have washed over the entire thing.  But here is where Karlsson really blew it with his choice of words.  A real blunder in the court of public opinion that could only result in some form of destabilization.

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“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,”

“I like it here, I’m comfortable here, I’ve been here my whole career,” Karlsson said. “It’s something that I invested all my time in and something I would like to see all the way through. But at the end of the day, when it comes down to it, if it’s not the right fit and it’s not going to work out business-wise, then you’re going to have to look elsewhere because that’s what [owners] are going to do, as well.”

Now, intentions aside, what has ensued is the proliferation of a rumor wave that hasn’t been seen since the Eric Lindros saga against the then Québec Nordiques!  Here we take a look at some proposed starting points for a potential Erik Karlsson trade that have been posted on various outlets.

Edmonton Oilers:  The Oilers, especially considering the start they have had to the 2017-18 campaign, have got to figure out something defensively.  You can score all the goals in the world, but if you can’t stop the other guys from matching you, you will still lose!  The unexpectedly bad play of Oscar Klefbom, injury to Adam Larsson along with spotty play, and the known element coming into this season – Andrej Sekera’s recovery that is still ongoing, all combine to make Karlsson the potential “Holy Grail” in terms of a true difference-maker.  

Pretty much every realistic offer starts with newly-signed Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

This simply fills one pocket from the other, leaving more elements required to make it work both financially and positionally.

I view this as a non-starter in terms of trade partners for THIS particular player (Karlsson), but the two teams could manage to make a deal that actually helps both out. Mike Hoffman for Nugent-Hopkins.  Edmonton would have to add a secondary scoring piece like Caggiula or something, and the Senators would have to throw in a pick or prospect, but it gives Ottawa a needed center, and the Oilers a scoring right-winger to play with McDavid (or Draisaitl).

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