The Ottawa Senators were the team to watch as the NHL’s trade deadline came to an end, but as it turns out the rumors surrounding the possible trade of Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman and Zack Smith were just this, rumors.
Senators GM Pierre Dorion received many calls regarding Karlsson, some dating back to last summer.
“We’re not going to hide the fact Erik Karlsson is a special player. He’s our franchise player … Multiple teams phoned about Erik. If a player of Erik Karlsson’s caliber was made available on the market, I’d be phoning every day,” said Dorion at his post-deadline media availability. “Erik is a franchise player and we felt there was not a franchise deal out there.”
Karlsson will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019, and the Senators are eligible to make him an offer of extension as early as this summer.
“Erik and I have a great relationship. I’ve known Erik since he was 159 pounds when I drafted him. I had a good meeting this morning in my office. We talk a lot. He’s the captain of our hockey team. He loves being in Ottawa. I think Erik wants to be a Senator for life,” added the GM. “I’ll let him speak for himself. But if Erik Karlsson is here on July 1st, we’ll be making him an offer.”
The Senators and GM Pierre Dorion hopes Erik Karlsson will remain in Ottawa for the long haul.