With one week to go until the NHL trade deadline, some hockey fans are still dreaming big. Erik Karlsson big. The 27-year-old Swedish defenseman can become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and there seems to be a growing sense of pessimism in Ottawa that the Senators will be able to retain him when the dust settles. But what sorts of odds might we be facing that Pierre Dorion could actually trade the superstar before February 26? “I’m fond of saying at this time of year or any time of year ‘never say never,’ but I’d be hard-pressed to think… what team out there is going to pay the price required to entice Ottawa to make that deal right now,” asked NHL Insider Bob McKenzie rhetorically when posed the question about Karlsson during a Monday afternoon appearance on Leafs Lunch on Toronto’s TSN 1050. “And I realize there is an advantage to having Erik Karlsson for two playoff runs as opposed to just one if he gets traded as a long-term rental in the summer. And that there’s an inherent advantage to have him now for these playoffs and to have him for next year.
Erik Karlsson trade unlikely before deadline
Fanrag Sports | Feb 20