YWT #33 – We Are Back
Flyers Should Trade for Karlsson
The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to trade for Erik Karlsson. As we approach the middle of August, Erik Karlsson is still a member of the Ottawa Senators. It has been an interesting story to follow during the dog days of summer. On July 5th, Shawn Simpson from TSN reported on Twitter that a trade between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning had been agreed upon, pending a trade call to the league. Proven to be a false source the superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson is still a Senator.
Erik Karlsson Linked To Many Teams
An Erik Karlsson trade is linked to a few different teams, the aforementioned Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Philadelphia Flyers. The big question everybody has is: What would it cost? The Senators front office does not want to lose this trade. After shipping Mike Hoffman out for pennies, they are starting to become the laughing stock of the league. Karlsson will be when the Senators feel like they’ve won the trade. Pierre Dorian is basically holding Erik Karlsson hostage, and demanding a large ransom. It might cost the Flyers a young player like Travis Sanheim, a 22-year-old who should get top 4 minutes for the Flyers. Including Sanheim, they might have to include Phillippe Myers, who has a high ceiling and is as close to NHL ready as a prospect can be. The Flyers might also have to add a first round pick, or two, to the deal as well. Is giving up Sanheim, Phillippe Myers, and two first round picks worth getting a player of Karlsson caliber? If the Flyers can talk him into staying a resign him to a long 8-year deal, the answer is a simple yes.
Flyers Have The Cap Space to Make a Deal
It’s not every day a player like Erik Karlsson becomes available. The Philadelphia Flyers have the assets, and cap space to seal the deal to make Karlsson a Flyer. Currently, the Flyers have approximately 10 million dollars of cap space, and a few of their big contracts expire soon. Jori Lehtera, Wayne Simmonds, Michael Raffl, and Jordan Weal are all unrestricted free agents after this season, clearing up $12.775 million dollars of the cap. Additionally, the following year, Andrew MacDonald, Radko Gudas, and Dale Weise are all unrestricted free agents. Also, this clears up another $10.7 million. Erik Karlsson will probably fetch something similar to what Drew Doughty got from the Los Angeles Kings, 8 years and $11 million per year. The Flyers have of the best prospect pools in the league. They possess a ton of assets and a salary cap that just keeps going up. With all of that the Philadelphia Flyers should consider bringing in the superstar defenseman.
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