Erik Karlsson Clarifies That He's Willing to Sign Long-Term With Canadian Team

Erik Karlsson arrived back in Ottawa on Wednesday.					Mike Ehrmann  Getty Images

Erik Karlsson arrived back in Ottawa on Wednesday. Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

While there was no action - at least publicly - on the trade front Thursday, that doesn't mean there was any shortage of talk as the Senators see if they can get this situation resolved before September 13, when the 28-year-old captain is scheduled to report to training camp at the Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa will continue to demand full value in return, but prospective suitors will be reluctant to present a lucrative package with no promise that Karlsson won't bolt at the end of the season.

As a long summer for the Ottawa Senators winds down, talk involving the future of captain Erik Karlsson is heating up ... again.

Karlsson has been on the trade market all offseason.

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be the most logical landing spot for Karlsson, and were one of the teams that spoke to Karlsson's camp about a contract extension last month. The Stars and Golden Knights are believed to have made serious pushes.

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This will help the coaches and other team staffs find the areas they need to improve on a player's game. "He looks great man". But he can shoot the ball, and he has worked on his mid-range game a lot. "I'm looking forward to him having a good year".

The Ottawa Senators defenseman spent his first nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Canadian team, and reports surfaced Thursday that Karlsson didn't want to sign an extension north of the border.

There was a report yesterday that Karlsson doesn't want to sign an extension with a Canadian team.

No, the Senators aren't in any rush to deal Karlsson if teams aren't willing to pay the price, however it may be best for both sides to get a trade done as soon as possible and avoid the distraction of him reporting to camp with the reality of free agency on July 1, 2019 lingering. If the rumor about his desire to play with an American club is true, then that might limit the Canucks' willingness to trade for him since he would just be a one-year rental. The Canucks do have the assets to make a deal though.

It's believed the Senators are looking for four assets for Karlsson including a player who could immediately help them, a high-end prospect, and a first-round pick.

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