Friedman: Careful on the Karlsson trade front

An Erik Karlsson trade has yet to materialize, despite six months of fairly steady speculation.

The Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the teams prominently featured in rumors, particularly given how close they seemed to have come to landing the stud defenseman at the trade deadline.

During a Thursday evening appearance on NHL Network, hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman was asked if Vegas rearguard Nate Schmidt’s suspension made a Karlsson trade to the desert more likely.   

“I think we have to be careful because I think there have been some times where it looked like it was close and it obviously didn’t happen,” cautioned Friedman. “There were a lot of people who thought that Karlsson was going to Vegas at the deadline and it didn’t happen. Ottawa wanted Cody Glass and Vegas didn’t want to do that. So that was a situation where we were close.

“It looked like potentially we were close - it was reported we were close in early July - we weren’t. I had heard last week that there had been some traction - obviously it hasn’t happened.

“I think the Ottawa Senators have made it very clear they’re willing to make this trade, but not unless they get what they want to get. And until that happens, I think Ottawa is going to sit there and say, ‘We’re going to hold onto the player because we have to get what we want here.’”

Friedman was asked if his gut said Karlsson would be starting the season with the Senators in October.

“Oh man, I hate these predictions because if I’m wrong, I’m going to get tweeted at,” grinned Friedman. “Put it this way: I could see a possibility where he’s traded before the season starts, yes I do.”

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