Could the Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson?
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman reports the Ottawa Senators have asked Erik Karlsson for a list of 10 teams he can’t be traded to. Karlsson’s agent, Don Meehan, declined to comment. Same went for Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. One of the theories around Ottawa’s request for Karlsson’s list was that the Senators were trying to rattle his cage, just as much as he rattled theirs. The Senators know that dealing Karlsson out of spite is a horrendous and soul-crushing move. Instead, they are looking at the reality of their situation. Only Buffalo sits lower in the East. There are major contract decisions to be made with Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci, Matt Duchene, Mark Stone — and the captain. The one thing I absolutely believe about Karlsson is he wants to win. The Senators are considering some major surgery. How will he feel about that?
Will Montreal trade Alex Galchenyuk
Montreal Gazette: Stu Cowan believes things don’t seem to be working out for winger Alex Galchenyuk with the Montreal Canadiens. Despite his offensive abilities, the club doesn’t believe he’s capable of playing at center and he’s struggled to improve his defensive play. The best time to trade Galchenyuk was at the NHL draft, when his value was obviously higher than it is now. They’re unlikely to get a favorable return for him at this point.
Will the Panthers make a trade for Jets Michael Hutchinson?
NBC Sports: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon should look to the Winnipeg Jets to address his goaltending needs. With starter Roberto Luongo sidelined week-to-week and backup James Reimer not the model of consistency, the Jets third-stringer Michael Hutchinson could be the perfect fit for the Panthers. Hutchinson leads the AHL in save percentage (.951) while his 1.73 goals-against average ranks second.