Erik Karlsson rumors
Will Erik Karlsson stay with the Senators and will the team trade him?

Will Erik Karlsson stay with the Senators or be traded?

NHL Network: Elliotte Friedman reports an NHL GM last week told him there’s a sense that Erik Karlsson would prefer remaining an Ottawa Senator but not under the current situation. Friedman sees one holdup being ownership wanting winger Bobby Ryan to be part of the deal. He doesn’t see many teams able to do it. If Karlsson goes to Tampa Bay, Friedman doesn’t see him getting the eight-year, $11-million extension that Drew Doughty got with the Los Angeles Kings. If he goes to the Stars, it’ll likely be as a rental. He feels the Golden Knights would have more interest in Senators’ forward Mark Stone than Karlsson.

What will the Winnipeg Jets do with Jacob Trouba

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports it’s possible an arbiter could award Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba a one-year, $5.5-million contract tomorrow. That would split the difference between what Trouba sought ($7 million) and the Jets’ proposal of $4 million. It’s also possible the two sides could reach agreement on a contract before the arbiter’s decision.  Wiebe now wonders what the long-term future holds for Trouba. He doubts the Jets will trade the blueliner if he’s unhappy over the award. He also expects Trouba will remain a Jet through the end of 2018-19, but next summer’s contract talks could get complicated with the rearguard a year away from UFA eligibility. If the two sides can’t agree on a long-term deal then, perhaps the Jets will explore his trade value next July.

Chicago interested in Max Pacioretty

Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman reports when the Chicago Blackhawks last week shipping Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona, Friedman wondered if they would be looking at Max Pacioretty.  He believes the Montreal Canadiens will trade their captain sooner or later. He also notes Jeff Skinner is a similar player to Pacioretty and thinks those two are in a holding pattern as well.  Friedman believes teams are looking at those assets and hoping to out-wait Montreal and Carolina in hopes of getting a better deal.


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