Another day has passed and Erik Karlsson is still a member of the Ottawa Senators, and its no clearer if he’s on his way out soon.
Senators GM Pierre Dorian revealed on Sunday that the team have stuck to a promise they made fans and offered their team captain a contract extension, with the star defenseman out of contract next summer.
“Obviously we don’t really want to talk about roster players, contract negotiations, trades, all these things” Dorion told reporters on Sunday.
“But I think we owe it to our fans and we made a promise at the town hall that we would make a contract offer to Erik Karlsson and we’ve done so.
“I’m not going to talk any more about it but we just thought that we talked about it previously and that’s about all we’re going to say on the subject.”
Karlsson has been with the Senators since the 2009/10 season after they took him 15th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft.
In 627 regular season games for Ottawa he’s posted 518 points including 126 goals and 392 assists.
His career high in points came in 2015/16 as he went a point-per-game with 82 points, with 16 goals and 66 assists. During his 9-year career in the NHL he’s led points by defensemen on four occasions and picked up the Norris Trophy in 2011/12 and 2014/15.
Now with the future of the 28-year-old is starting to look a little clearer, as the Senators are allowing interested teams to discuss contract extensions with Karlsson in hopes of a sign and trade, as first reported by Larry Brooks of the New York Post and confirmed by John Shannon of Sportsnet.
The broken relationship between the two-time Norris trophy winner and Ottawa is well documented, so it would appear that with teams being able to discuss an extension ahead of a trade that he’ll be on his way out sooner rather than later.
Fellow blue liner Drew Doughty just took himself off the free agency market for next year. Entering the final year of his deal with the Los Angeles Kings, Doughty put pen to paper with the Kings on a huge eight-year, $88 million deal to keep him in Southern California.
If a team can agree a deal with Karlsson and his representatives, it’d be no surprise if an eight-year term is agreed for the same value or even higher.
The Vegas Golden Knights were reportedly close to pulling the trigger on a deal to bring Karlsson to Las Vegas at the trade deadline, and latest reports indicate the Stanley Cup finalists are involved in trade talks again.
After the team couldn’t keep on to guys like David Perron and James Neal during this free agency, they definitely have the cap room available to go after him.
After losing captain John Tavares, the New York Islanders are also rumoured to be an interested party to bring in potentially their new captain after JT signed a huge deal to head to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators, other interested teams include the Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and also the Washington Capitals.
While we’re still waiting for news of where Karlsson may end up next, it looks like we’re getting closer to find out.