Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is one of the best offensive defenseman in the NHL. He is very good at passing the puck and scoring. Karlsson is usually on the first power play unit. He has one more year left on his contract and Karlsson is owed $7.5 million. He is 28 years old and the Ottawa Senators aren't sure if they can re-sign him.
Ottawa looked to trade him last year at the trade deadline, but they couldn't find a deal. Maybe this summer they will find something or maybe they will find something at the trade deadline. If Ottawa can't re-sign him, I don't see them letting him walk for nothing. The Senators may not even be a playoff team next season anyways and they need to get better in the farm system anyways.
Where will Erik Karlsson be traded to if Ottawa decides to move him? The first team that comes to mind is the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are in need of an elite defenseman and Toronto is in win now mode. Karlsson will help out on the back end. He can be a force on the power play with Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and William Nylander.
The second team that comes to mind is the New Jersey Devils. They could also an elite defense. New Jersey has the prospects and draft picks in order to make a deal like that. General manager Ray Shero isn't afraid to make some moves.
The third team that comes to mind is the New York Islanders. With Lou Lamoriello being the general manager for the New York Islanders, he isn't afraid to make moves. The Islanders are going to make changes to the roster. Even if John Tavares leaves, Karlsson would probably be the face of the franchise right behind Mathew Barzal.
The fourth team that comes to mind is the Vegas Golden Knights. They talked before the trade deadline but it fell through. Maybe both teams can try again. The Vegas Golden Knights have the cap room to make a move to get a true franchise player.
The fifth team that comes to mind is the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers need a defenseman even though he is expensive. They would probably have to get rid of Milan Lucic first in a trade in order for that to happen. Karlsson and Connor McDavid could do wonders together even though Karlsson is a defenseman and McDavid is a centerman.
The last team that comes to mind is the Calgary Flames. The Flames have one of the best blue lines in the NHL, but it wouldn't hurt to add an elite defenseman. Calgary does have the depth defensively to trade, but they don't own a first or second round pick. The Flames power play would be better with having Karlsson on the back end and it would make it Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, and Sean Monahan even better.
If I were a betting man, the favorite for him to land is the Toronto Maple Leafs.