NHL Rumors: Erik Karlsson Trade Talks Pick Up, Western Conference Team Likely?

Erik Karlsson has one more year left on his contract with the Ottawa Senators, and with the franchise nowhere close to being a Stanley Cup contender, his days in Canada’s capital could be numbered.

It makes sense for the Sens to trade their captain and No. 1 defenseman sooner rather than later, but could a deal get done before the 2018-19 campaign?

Here’s the latest report on the situation, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:

The two-time Norris Trophy winner tallied 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists) in 71 games last season. He’s one of the best offensive defensemen of all time and has posted 60-plus points in each of his last six full seasons.

Karlsson is the type of player who could vault a playoff contender to a championship contender. He’s arguably the NHL’s best blueliner and makes a positive impact all over the ice.

As such, the price to obtain him likely will be quite high. The Senators, who are in the midst of what could be a lengthy rebuild, need to hit a home run with this trade (if one happens at all). A package of quality prospects, good draft picks and perhaps a talented young NHLer would be ideal for Ottawa.

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