Ottawa Senators not in a rush to trade Erik Karlsson
Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators are playing a waiting game with Erik Karlsson. Bruce Garrioch reports it doesn’t appear at the moment that any trade involving the club’s captain is imminent, and the organization is quite willing to be patient before determining the future of the 28-year-old.
While the talk surrounding Karlsson’s future reached a feverish pitch in early July when a couple of teams were given permission to speak to his camp about a contract extension, the indications are the Senators were never close to any deals because the return wasn’t where it needed to be.
It’s believed five to six teams, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, remain interested in Karlsson. It’s not known what the asking price is, but it would stand to reason that it’s likely hefty and includes multiple pieces.
Garrioch wonders if the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks — and this is just me talking — may kick the tires on Karlsson because they have the assets to make a deal and may see him as a player that would help get them to another level.
Will the Detroit Red Wings trade or re-sign Jimmy Howard?
MLIVE: Ansar Khan reports Jimmy Howard’s performance this upcoming season will determine whether he earns another contract from the Red Wings. If he plays well, they’ll likely re-sign him to a short-term deal (two years). It’ll be a few years before any of their prospects (Filip Larsson, Keith Petruzzelli, Joren Van Pottelberghe, Kaden Fulcher) is ready to challenge for an NHL roster spot.
If Howard doesn’t perform well enough, he could be shopped at the 2019 NHL trade deadline if there is a market for him.