NHL rumors: Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and the Trade Market

NHL rumors: Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and the Trade Market

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It's unlikely the Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson at the deadline, but the Tampa Bay Lightning could have the assets to land him.
On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning being able to trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson might be a pipe dream, but it’s not an impossibility.

The Senators have said they don’t want to trade, but what if they get an offer that they can’t refuse?

Detroit Red Wings rental defenseman Mike Green could be another option for the Lightning.

If the Lightning were to go after Karlsson, they could offer the Senators Vladislav Namestnikov or Tyler Johnson, a prospect like Taylor Raddysh, a draft pick or two, and maybe a defenseman like Jake Dotchin or Slater Koekkoek. That might not be enough for the Senators, but it could start the trade conversation.

Trading Karlsson at the deadline won’t likely happen though. It might be considered in the offseason it contract talks don’t go well.

The Lightning wouldn’t move Brayden Point for possibly only a year and a half of Karlsson. Doubtful they would move Mikhail Sergachev.

On the Montreal Canadiens, and the trade market …

Emily Sadler of Sportsnet: Nick Kyproes said that GMs are telling him that the Canadiens are asking for a lot for Max Pacioretty, and it’s helping drive up the costs for all players.

“Some teams are telling me as many as four pieces: a first-rounder, a second-rounder, a warm roster body, and a top prospect. That is a non-starter for a lot of teams.”

When trade deadline day comes, the prices may come down.

“Maybe, just maybe, when we get to Feb. 26, it might be the day when the prices finally drop,” Kypreos said, later adding that the Buffalo Sabres’ asking price for forward Evander Kane is also high. “It’s a game of chicken and we know that some teams right now are interested — but not at that price.”

Chris Johnston added that trade talk is quiet even with the sellers.

“It just works both ways. In touching base with a few teams that I would call sellers at this point, those GMs are saying no one is stepping up with any real offers at this stage and it just feels as though we’re still in a bit of a staring contest here when it comes to the trade market.”