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What can the Senators expect to get in an Erik Karlsson deal?

What can the Senators expect to get in an Erik Karlsson deal?
Published On: Tue, Jun 12
Jun 22, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson walks the red carpet with Melinda Currey during the 2016 NHL Awards at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

It seems more likely than not that over the next month or so Erik Karlsson will have a new home in the NHL.

The All-Star defenseman, who just endured a drama-filled season in Ottawa, has one year remaining on his contract. The Senators will be able to negotiate and offer anA extension with Karlsson beginning July 1, but based on the team's previous efforts to shed payroll a€” mixed in with the mega money Karlsson is due to make, mixed in with the very obvious tension created through public comments made by both parties this season a€”A a trade seems like it's in the cards.

It's rare a player of Karlsson's caliber is included in a deal, but not unheard of. But it's obvious what the Senators will be looking for, a combination of high picks and top-end prospects, the type of package that will help themA to begin to rebuild for the future.

So while P.K Subban may be the most comparable player traded in recent memory, it doesn't seem logical for the Senators to seek a one-for-one type deal when moving Karlsson.

But there are some previous moves that have at least set precedent for the Senators in terms of what they can realistically seek, especially when it comes to "if this player was worth 'X' than Karlsson is worth 'X+2.'"

Because if Ottawa is unable to move Karlsson before the 2018-19 season starts, they run the risk of losing power at the negotiating table with another team, or even playing out the season with Karlsson on the roster, and then having him walk in the summer of 2019 for nothing. As it already stands, it's difficult to imagine the Senators getting onto any phone call holding the upper hand, with the writing on the wall that Karlsson won't re-sign with the club, and Ottawa already having unsuccessfully tried to move him prior to the 2018 deadline.

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