Knives Out wrote:I've had a lot of time to think about this, and I have, and the more I do the more I'm okay with Nill walking away if it means keeping Heiskanen, BUT ONLY if we actually address our secondary scoring need with a Panarin/Skinner/Pacioretty type of trade before the season starts. That is the only scenario where being blue ball teased Erik Karlsson is okay. We can then take a shot at signing EK65 when he becomes a UFA without losing any assets (and assuming that he doesn't extend with another team LOL).
Mostly I'm just going numb though because I truly believe that EK is our only option of acquiring said secondary scoring right now because Nill is unsurprisingly oblivious to the issue. The sickening feeling of watching him go to Vegas solely because they'll take Ryan too is starting to creep in. Ryan, who in theory, would also provide us with some secondary scoring LOL.
Who knows though. Karlsson is the one holding all of the cards. What if he's already told Dorion that he'll only extend with Dallas? Hence why we havent been told to *f-bomb* off yet and why he hasn't already been traded to Vegas along with Ryan. What if Nill realizes this? What if Karlsson is doing what Brichards did to us at the TDL and refusing to be traded to a team so that they don't lose any assets fully knowing that he'll sign with them at a later date?
This is all very frustrating. Especially after the Tavares bullshit.
Getting Ryan in this is going to be tough, I'm sure it's doable someway and he's really good in the playoffs.
It's hard to find one team who will give up a lot for Karlsson and pay him the money he wants it's too big of a risk. That's why the offers are so low.
It's too big of a risk for Ottawa to keep Karlsson, because if he gets injured and misses the season, they lose him for nothing.
The secondary scoring I don't think it is that bad as it appears. The team's inability to move the puck from the back end, dumping the puck in so often hurt the team's offense, transition game. These are things which will improve with Heiskanen and whatever happens with Honka/Karlsson stuff, the coaching change.