With negligible hours previously the NHL exchange due date, we are getting reports that another group has risen in the Erik Karlsson exchange sweepstakes – the Colorado Avalanche. Prior I expounded on how the Avalanche could profit by encouraging a Karlsson exchange to a contender, now it would seem that they may think greater than that.
Tonight, Jonathan Davis of SiriusXM NHL has tossed out the Avalanche as a potential exchange goal for Karlsson – alongside Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan. In spite of the fact that Davis has no connections to Colorado, the report was later authenticated by BSN’s AJ Haefele.
At first look, the Colorado Avalanche may appear like an odd fit for the previous Norris Trophy champ however making a stride back, the move may bode well. Of the considerable number of groups in the NHL, the Avalanche likely possess the benefit that the Ottawa Senators most desire – their own first-round draft pick.
On account of the Matt Duchene exchange, the Senators owe Colorado a first-round choice either this year or next. With the Senators in full tear-down mode, that will be an unbelievably high pick paying little mind to which year the Sens pick.
On the off chance that Joe Sakic will assemble a bundle including Ottawa’s own first, things could get exceptionally fascinating.
The wrinkle in this is Ottawa’s want to append Bobby Ryan’s gooney bird of an agreement to any Karlsson exchange. Whenever sound, Ryan is a not too bad center 6 scoring right winger, something the Avalanche could truly utilize. The issue is that he is getting paid a strange $7.25m for the following four years.
It’s a shocking contract, however in the event that there is a group out there that can bear to take it on, it’s the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have a huge amount of top adaptability going ahead and are in no risk of getting close to the top in any of the following three or four years.
What might it cost?
Indeed, even with Bobby Ryan joined, an Erik Karlsson exchange would not be modest. The presumption is that Ottawa would need their first round pick back. From that point you’d need to include a couple of shabby, youthful resources. You’d likely have the capacity to toss in an agreement to counter a portion of the compensation the Avs would go up against.
An exchange would likely look something like this:
To Colorado: Erik Karlsson + Bobby Ryan
To Ottawa: first rounder (OTT) + Cale Makar + Chris Bigras + J.T. Compher + Colin Wilson
It’s a strong cost, yet we are discussing one of the best 3 defensemen in the NHL. Erik Karlsson is completely justified, despite all the trouble.
The additional hazard is that Karlsson just has one more year left on his agreement. On the off chance that the Avalanche think they have a genuine possibility of marking the hotshot to an augmentation this late spring, a major exchange would be justified regardless of the hazard.
This all appears to be impossible, yet Joe Sakic has shocked us previously and we know these two groups clearly aren’t reluctant to connect for blockbuster exchanges.