The Ottawa Senators were the team to watch as the NHL’s trade deadline came to a halt at 3 p.m. ET. Rumors of Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, and, most of all, two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson were much ado about nothing. TSN Insider Bob McKenzie reported the Vegas Golden Knights were among a several suitors making a play for Karlsson, but that deal didn't pan out. Senators GM Pierre Dorion didn’t dispel the notion calls were received on his prized defenseman dating back to last summer. “We’re not going to hide the fact Erik Karlsson is a special player. He’s our franchise player ... Multiple teams phoned about Erik. If a player of Erik Karlsson's caliber was made available on the market, I’d be phoning every day,” said Dorion at his post-deadline media availability. “Erik is a franchise player and we felt there was not a franchise deal out there.” Karlsson is slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019, and the club is eligible to make its third-leading scorer in team history an offer of extension come this summer. “Erik and I have a great relationship. I’ve known Erik since he was 159 pounds when I drafted him. I had a good meeting this morning in my office. We talk a lot. He’s the captain of our hockey team. He loves being in Ottawa. I think Erik wants to be a Senator for life,” added the GM. “I’ll let him speak for himself. But if Erik Karlsson is here on July 1st, we’ll be making him an offer.”