Erik Karlsson needs out of Ottawa, this is clear.
— Ottawa Citizen (@OttawaCitizen) June 12, 2018
No matter what comes out of this really sad situation, the damage is done. Karlsson can’t trust the Senators front office after covering up harassment allegations.
It’s time for the Swede, his wife, and the Senators to move on. Possibly, starting with one of the teams that wanted the Superstar defenseman at the deadline.
Various reasons were reported why the Karlsson flip didn’t happen. In Ottawa, the belief was the Golden Knights wouldn’t take on Sens forward Bobby Ryan’s contract. The once 35 goal scorer has four years left at a whopping $7.25M per season. Ryan scored 30+ in four straight seasons, he’s greatly underachieved since combining for 64 goals in the past four seasons. I understand George McPhee’s hesitations. -Elliotte Friedman
On Karlsson, my sense is the Vegas trade fell apart because of how the purchase price would be adjusted by Bobby Ryan’s inclusion. I’m not 100 per cent sure if it was Ottawa’s ask or Vegas’s offer, but one of the rumblings is that the teams were talking two first-rounders, a high-level prospect and a conditional pick for Karlsson — the condition being whether or not the Golden Knights re-signed him. Whatever the case, it didn’t happen and I can’t imagine Vegas would have been willing to do all that if they were taking Ryan’s contract, too. -Friedman
There were other reports that Vegas turned a deal down because they weren’t willing to part with top prospect Cody Glass. Whatever the truth was, the teams couldn’t agree by the trade deadline. Now times are different and Ottawa is forced to move the player.
A bunch of player wives connected to the Karlsson/Hoffman situation have already come out firing. For a league/sport that loves burying controversy, this kinda speaks volumes pic.twitter.com/cazaKRHAcA
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 13, 2018
If both parties can identify which element of the deal was most sensitive then maybe a deal could be worked out. Important note, the turmoil in Ottawa doesn’t mean Karlsson will come at a discount. So maybe unloading money is most important to the Senators. Vegas could absorb Ryan’s brutal salary and play him on the third line. Cost aside, he could be an upgrade.
If the deadline deal broke down because the Golden Knights wouldn’t part with Glass, then it gets tricky. Ottawa will want a pick, a prospect, and an NHL player, at least. Would Vegas agree to send a player like Colin Miller, Alex Tuch or Shea Theodore on top of a prospect, and a first-round pick to Canada’s capital?
Losing a top offensive prospect, draft pick, and an NHL contributor could be too steep for McPhee. But let’s face it, this isn’t Martin Erat for Filip Forsberg. Glass could become a solid NHL player but Vegas would be trading him for a hungry 28-year-old future Hall of Fame defenseman. What would you do?