"While the two-time Norris Trophy victor is expected to be the most coveted free agent available when the market opens on July 1, a well-connected source says that he hopes to receive competitive offers from two teams in particular - the Senators and the Montreal Canadiens".
In what is turning out to be the continuing offseason talk of repatriating great names from the Senators' past (Jacques Martin, Rick Bowness, Jason Spezza) there isn't a more complicated discussion than the potential return of Erik Karlsson. Brennan cites Karlsson's wife Melinda's "homesickness" as the main reason for a possible reunion with the Senators.
Whether the interest is mutual remains to be seen since Ottawa is in the midst of a rebuild.
And according to the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan, Karlsson is hoping that the Sens and Montreal Canadiens present him with "competitive offers".
But one thing they do have is cap room. The two-time Norris Trophy victor is the most talented player the Senators have had.
Karlsson is officially a UFA as of July 1 and just finished his first season with the San Jose Sharks after being traded from Canada's capital to the Bay Area in September. Despite that, the 29-year-old still picked up 45 points and he added another 16 points in 19 playoff games. "And I think we're going to know, in about a week, if he's going to stay or if he's going to investigate his other free agency options".
Wherever Karlsson ends up, he's the type of talent that instantly anchors a blue line and elevates an entire roster.