Reports indicate that the Ottawa Senators are listening to potential trade offers on Erik Karlsson as Karlsson is slated to be a UFA following next season.
Pierre LeBrun writes at The Athletic that the Rangers are paying attention to the Karlsson situation because it would have an impact on a potential Ryan McDonagh trade.
While LeBrun notes that Karlsson and McDonagh are different players, there are only "so many teams willing to pay big assets now before the deadline for a top-four stud defenceman."
Rumors suggest that it would take a "King's Ransom" to acquire Karlsson and that an acquiring team may also have to take on Bobby Ryan's contract (4-years and $7.25 million per). (TSN)
It's been speculated that the Rangers may be looking for a similar package to the one they paid for Keith Yandle in 2015, which was John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a second round pick in 2015 and a conditional first round pick in 2016.
McDonagh, Karlsson, Drew Doughty and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are all slated to become UFA on 7/1/2019.
Adam Rotter: Karlsson is one of the absolute best players in the league and while we think a return for Ryan McDonagh would be high, a return for Karlsson would be astronomical. It's hard to see a deal like Karlsson's getting done before the deadline, especially if a team also needs to take on Bobby Ryan's contract.