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The Tampa Bay Lightning have reportedly acquired Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.

Let's start by emphasizing that this isn't official yet, but if the report is true, then it's just pending the call with the NHL office. It's also not yet known what Tampa Bay gave up. There were earlier reports that a third team, possibly the New York Rangers, were involved so details about that may emerge in the near future too. Tampa Bay was already a powerhouse and to throw a superstar like Karlsson on top of that is insane, so depending on the details and if this becomes official, the Lightning might emerge from this trade looking like an early favorite for the 2018-19 campaign.
Jul 5 - 10:28 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators are reportedly getting close to pulling off a trade involving Erik Karlsson.

An earlier report suggested that a third team, possibly the New York Rangers, might end up involved. That's likely important for Tampa Bay to make this whole move work from a cap perspective, especially if the Ottawa Senators insist on dumping Bobby Ryan's contract as part of any Karlsson trade. Perhaps we'll see something happen on Friday or even late tonight. Of course this could all still fall apart, so don't count on anything just yet.
Jul 5 - 9:43 PM

It sounds like there might be a trade in the works between Tampa Bay and the Ottawa Senators for Erik Karlsson.

There have been reports suggesting that Ottawa wants any trade partner to take Bobby Ryan's contract as part of a Karlsson trade and given the Lightning's cap situation, they would likely need to find a third-party willing to accept Ryan's contract in exchange for some other assets. We'll have to see what happens from here of course, but the Rangers were mentioned as a possible three-way trade option. An earlier report suggested that the Dallas Stars had emerged as frontrunners for Karlsson and the Vegas Golden Knights have also been brought up frequently as a potential landing spot, so this might not be the last twist in this story.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 5 - 3:10 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk is reportedly likely to sign a two or three-year deal in the ballpark of $6.25 million annually.

That would be in line with the contract Patrick Marleau got with Toronto last summer. As for the destination, winning is reportedly Kovalchuk's focus, but of course that doesn't automatically rule out a lot of teams as it comes down to whether or not he sees them as a winner. For example, the Islanders missed the playoffs last season, but Kovalchuk appreciates how Lou Lamoriello handled his surprise exit from the New Jersey Devils and has apparently remained in contact with his former general manager. Now that Lamoriello is with the Islanders, is it possible that Kovalchuk might be interest in going there? It would be intriguing, especially if the Islanders succeeded in re-signing John Tavares as well. The Rangers, who also missed the playoffs, are another team that's been commonly linked to Kovalchuk.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 1 - 1:02 PM

Not that it's surprising, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would love it if the Rangers managed to sign John Tavares.

"He’s a great player, there’s no question about it. Of course, if he would like to play for us, that would be big," Lundqvist said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player. He’s done a great job so many years." Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's still entirely possible that he'll re-sign with the Islanders, but the uncertainty of his situation has led to plenty of speculation, some of it not terribly realistic. Him going from the Islanders to the Rangers though would have to be particularly tough for Islanders fans to swallow if it actually happened.
May 10 - 5:52 AM

Jim Montgomery has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner to be the next head coach of the New York Rangers.

Montgomery was seriously considered to be the Panthers' bench boss in the summer of 2017, but he eventually pulled himself from consideration so that he could stay with the University of Denver. Montgomery also reportedly rejected an offer from the Los Angeles Kings to serve as an assistant coach. It's not entirely clear if Montgomery has since decided that he'd be open to leaving the University of Denver, but Rangers GM Jeff Gorton is reportedly "very impressed" by Montgomery. Further complicating things is that the Dallas Stars are also believed to have interest in Montgomery for their vacant head coaching job.
May 2 - 7:27 AM


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