The Vegas Golden Knights made a late push to nab Erik Karlsson before Monday’s NHL trade deadline passed, and we may have an idea of the potential framework for the deal.
Elliotte Friedman was on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650 Tuesday afternoon, and explained how the process may have unfolded.
“They were in on Karlsson. They made a pitch at the last minute,” said Friedman. “I think it was potentially two first-round picks. I think Ottawa would have had the choice of one of their top prospects. And maybe another conditional pick, depending on whether or not Vegas signed him. I think that was kind of the backbone of the offer. And Ottawa decided not to.
“What I think is going on here is first of all, I think the Senators had some teams telling them, ‘We can’t do it now, but we can be in it at the draft and we’d be very interested.’ So I think that was something that came up.
“The other thing too I think is a factor here is until you see where certain teams end up in the draft lottery, you probably don’t have an idea of how you can maximize your trade. Because I think there is going to be some teams who are going to miss the playoffs this year who might want a quick turnaround next year and could be in on Erik Karlsson. So I think where you end up could affect your ability to make a package for him.
“I think also that affects Ottawa because they have to decide whether or not they’re keeping their first-round pick this year, because if they don’t they have to give next year’s to Colorado. In that situation, if there’s a chance they’re going to be worse next year than this year, I’m not sure you want that.
“So I think Tampa tried too. I think Tampa realize they weren’t going to be able to do it. I think Washington was trying, though I don’t think they could do it.
“Basically guys, in the morning around noon I was told it wasn’t going to happen. Then at about 2:00, I got a ‘look out.’ I think Vegas was obviously the last team at the end. The key is that they were going to take Bobby Ryan. That was going to be part of it too.
“I think they thought about it and they just said, ‘Nope. We’ll see where we are in the spring.’ “
Karlsson can become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2019, but will also be eligible to sign a contract extension with the Senators as soon as July 1 – if he isn’t traded by Pierre Dorion before that point.