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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said there isn't any trade that's close or imminent.

"Despite what you might all read or report, very inaccurate," Yzerman said. There have been reports in the past about a trade involving Erik Karlsson going to Tampa Bay and of course so far he's remained with Ottawa. Such a trade still might happen, but this might not be an issue that's resolved in the near term. The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights have also previously been cited as possible destinations for Karlsson.
Jul 10 - 2:11 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

The Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, and Tampa Bay Lightning are reportedly among the more probable potential destinations for Erik Karlsson.

We've seen Dallas and Vegas being floated around as contenders before, but the Lightning are a somewhat rare addition to that list. Apparently Tampa Bay is looking to make a big splash after falling short in its pursuit of John Tavares. Ottawa has made Karlsson a contract offer, but it was reportedly at eight-years, $80 million, which is below market value.
Jul 4 - 4:57 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are reportedly believed to be among the teams that have submitted a contract offer to Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk can't sign any contract until July 1 though. In addition to Los Angeles, it's believed that Boston, Vegas, and San Jose are also pursuing his services. Previous reports also linked the Blues and Red Wings to Kovalchuk, so perhaps they also still have a chance.
Jun 21 - 6:11 PM

The Derick Brassard will reportedly be more complicated than initially thought.

It looked like the Ottawa Senators dealt Brassard to Pittsburgh in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, Filip Gustavsson, and Ian Cole. That's all probably still true, but what's changed is that Brassard might be passing through another team, potentially Vegas, on his way to Pittsburgh. Why? So that more than one team can retain some of Brassard's salary/cap hit before he reaches the Penguins. Keep in mind that Brassard comes with a $5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19, which is hard for the Penguins to cope with under their current cap restraints. Involving more teams might also give Ottawa an immediate opportunity to flip Cole, which is something that the Senators probably wanted to do anyways. We're going to continue to list Brassard as with the Penguins as it seems that that's happening, but keep in mind that more information and components about this trade could still be revealed.
Feb 23 - 5:22 PM


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