The Boston Globe suggests that the Rangers might be a match for Ottawa when it comes to a possible Erik Karlsson trade. (Boston Globe)
They note that Ottawa only has one pick in the first three rounds this year while the Rangers have three in the first, two in the second and two in the third. (Boston Globe)
They note that Karlsson would fill the slot of a top-pair right shot defenseman, ahead of Kevin Shattenkirk, and that he could be an example for Lias Andersson to follow. (Boston Globe)
Karlsson is also good friends with Henrik Lundqvist and the two have played together internationally for Sweden.
Earlier this week on Sportsnet Radio, Elliotte Friedman said that depending on which route they take, the Rangers could possibly get involved with Karlsson. (FanRag)
Bob McKenzie said earlier this week on the radio that the Rangers would likely look at Karlsson if he became available. (Fan Rag)
Adam Rotter: Does Erik Karlsson fit with the Rangers and where they are going? Yes and No. Yes, because he is arguably the best defenseman in the league and would instantly help remake a defense in shambles. No, because they invested in Kevin Shattenkirk already, Karlsson is due a massive new contract and it will likely cost many of the assets they acquired at the deadline. As great as Karlsson would be, adding $11 million or so to the cap after next season would possibly hamstring the flexibility the Rangers will want as they rebuild.
On paper the Rangers and Senators match up. The Rangers have picks and assets and Karlsson would be an absolute star in pairing up with fellow Swedes Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad and Lias Andersson. In reality though things may not match up as well, both with where the Rangers are going and the insistence Ottawa may have in an acquiring team also taking on Bobby Ryan.