Erik Karlsson going to Tampa?
THE ATHLETIC: Chris Stevenson cites a report by TSN’s Darren Dreger suggesting the New York Rangers could be part of a three-way deal in order to accommodate moving sufficient salary to enable the Tampa Bay Lightning to acquire Erik Karlsson, who carries a $6.5-million cap hit for 2018-19.
Speculating over the possible return for the Senators, Stevenson believes Mikhail Sergachev would fit the bill. The Sens would also want affordable center like Brayden Point but the Lightning could be as reluctant to part with him as the Dallas Stars are to give up promising prospect Miro Heiskanen. Center Tyler Johnson could be a more likely target, though he carries a $5-million cap hit and a no-trade clause that kicked in on July 1. Among the prospects the Senators could target are winger Boris Katchouk, right wing Taylor Raddysh or defenseman Cal Foote.
Boston Bruins seek top-6 winger
NBC Sports: Joe Haggerty reports the Boston Bruins need a high-impact goal-scoring winger, preferably with a little size and bite to their game, and they don’t really have that kind of player within their own ranks. A trade may come over the next couple of months, or it may come during training camp once teams are able to gauge their own players. Haggerty feels the Bruins should target one of the following: Jeff Skinner, Artemi Panarin, Wayne Simmonds, Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Bobby Ryan.
Should the Montreal Canadiens keep Max Pacioretty?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey believes the Montreal Canadiens should forget about trying to trade captain Max Pacioretty and instead re-sign him. The 29-year-old left wing wants to stay in Montreal and Hickey believes he’s worth keeping if there’s no trade to be had that’ll bring back a first-line center. The Canadiens reportedly made two attempts to trade Pacioretty, including a deal to the Los Angeles Kings during the draft that fell apart because the winger wouldn’t commit to signing a contract extension with the Kings.