Now that John Carlsson, John Tavares, and some other top elite free agents have new deals and new places to play, Karlsson, Erik that is has now been granted permission to talk to other teams. With the status of the Senators right now, there is a slim chance the Sens keep their captain. Karlsson who was drafted by the Sens with the 15th pick in the first rd. of the 2008 draft, he’s been a 4 time first team all star and a 2 time Norris trophy winner, (2012, 2015) and finished second in 2016 and 2017.
With the L.A. Kings signing Drew Doughty to an 8 yr. $88 million dollar deal, has set the market for Karlsson essentially. Doughty and Karlsson are the leagues top defense men today. They do battle for year in and out Norris trophies and points. Karlsson has led his team in scoring or finished tied for the team lead in the last 5 seasons and has been the captain since 2014. 9 goals and 53 assists were his totals in the 71 games he played in last season. When you look at his totals for his young career, he is close to being at his peak! 126 goals, 392 assists, for 518 points in 627 regular season games.
Who’s to say where Karlsson could land, New Jersey?, New York Rangers, though some money would have to be freed up to acquire a potential $8 million dollar contract. To me Vegas is the spot and the winner of the sweepstakes for Erik Karlsson. Vegas has the cap space to offer a contract that Karlsson is looking to get and could be the captain to be since there isn’t one yet in Vegas.
Having dealt with the off ice issues that were personal and dealing with the front office issues that has made Ottawa a laughing stock in the NHL, Karlsson in needing fresh air. Clearly the next few years for the senators are going to be rough, to say it easily. A rebuilding phase has yet to be started, whether it’s in the front office or the roster, changes are coming in Ottawa. Need I say that they could be dangerously close to maybe being relocated!!! I certainly hope not, Ottawa fans deserve a good hockey team, who knows when the glory days will return for the Senators. It seemed so bright making the Conference finals against Pittsburgh and making it to game 7 before bowing out in 2017. This past season 30 points out of the 2nd wild card spot really showed what this team was really about.