LeBrun: Don’t close door on Vegas landing Erik Karlsson

The Vegas Golden Knights made another splash by adding Max Pacioretty via trade and then signing him to an extension, but can last year’s charmed franchise still afford to add stud defenseman Erik Karlsson?

Pierre LeBrun examined the Pacioretty deal in a Monday afternoon TV hit for TSN, and tackled that very question.

“At first I’m wondering does that close the door on an Erik Karksson trade to Las Vegas,” began LeBrun. “But what I’m being told is don’t be too quick to say that. And I think Vegas will certainly keep the lines of communication open with Ottawa. They’ve been after we know since the trade deadline, when they almost got him.

“But I think if the price is right, that Vegas is still in a position where they have cap space, where they have other prospects, where they have other assets that could entice the Ottawa Senators. I don’t know if I’d make them a front-runner because there’s a lot of teams in those conversations with the Ottawa Senators, including a couple of new teams, I’m told that came on the radar last week. But nevertheless, I wouldn’t totally close the door on Vegas.

“It’s clear from the Pacioretty deal and the fact that they signed Paul Stastny and that they’ve stayed in the Erik Karlsson talks - Vegas does not want to be a one-year wonder. They want to stay competitive. Owner Bill Foley wants their team to contend.”

Karlsson is in the final season of his contract, which carries a $6.5 million cap hit and $7.5 million in actual salary.

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