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Erik Karlsson could soon be a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, at least that’s according to Shawn Simpson of TSN.
Late Thursday Simpson announced the deal is done pending a trade call to the league.
Darren Dreger, also of TSN also suggested what some of the details of the trade may be, just not whether it appeared to be a done deal or not.
According to Dreger, the trade would also include the New York Rangers as the Lightning would need to alleviate some cap room if they were to land the Senators captain, something they would have done sooner if they had landed their first big target this summer, John Tavares.
The deal according to Dreger would send former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan back to Madison Square Garden, but there were no other parts of the deal revealed.
Other rumours have Bobby Ryan and his way overpriced $7.5 mil cap hit heading to the Rangers as part of the deal too, but nothing official has been confirmed.
With Karlsson Watch in full swing, with every passing hour a new front runner emerges.
A couple of days ago, it appeared the Dallas Stars were leading the charge but may have been reluctant to include 2017 third overall pick Miro Heiskanen in any deal.
Vegas could also emerge as a front runner at any point, with the Golden Knights rumoured to be in the mix again after they came close to bringing Karlsson in at the trade deadline.
Now the Lightning, who have more options to offer the Senators have taken over that race.
One name banded around in rumours constantly is 20-year-old Mikhail Sergachev who could be a key piece of any trade that sends Karlsson to Florida.
Sergachev was acquired by the Bolts in the Jonathan Drouin trade with Montreal, so if they move him on it’s not bad business by Steve Yzerman to turn Drouin into Karlsson, in a long winded way.
The Bolts would also have to move some of their larger contracts, with Tyler Johnson perhaps on the block to move his $5 million cap hit.
The Bolts are facing a cap crunch already with Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy due a lot of money when their current deals end next season, so if they do manage to land Karlsson they may be forced to move a few players in the process.
Tampa were one of the last teams standing in the John Tavares sweepstakes before he signed a 7-year, $77 mil deal with Toronto, so it would appear Tampa are prepared to shed some cap no matter what this summer.
If Karlsson Watch has taught us anything, things can change in a minute, so we’ll have to keep waiting to see what happens over the coming days and weeks.
It’s might not be long until we know if he’s coming to Tampa Bay and will call Florida home for the foreseeable future.