Both the Draft and Free Agency are behind us which means there really isn’t a whole lot left to do this offseason. There is still the possibility of offer sheets but let’s face it, NHL general managers are more concerned with getting a Christmas card from a rival than improving their own team. Were that not the case, the Jets, Wild, and Senators would have a lot of questions with what to do about Jacob Trouba, Jason Zucker, Matt Dumba, and Mark Stone.
Besides the pipe dream of offer sheets, what’s left? A quick rundown.
We’ve seen the reports of a low-ball contract offer, and potential a trade, so it seems increasingly unlikely that Karlsson returns in an Ottawa uniform. I wrote a bit more on the landing spot for Karlsson at the bottom of these Ramblings.
Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner
The latter name seems an absolute lock to be traded, though we thought it may have happened by now. Is Justin Faulk still gong to be sent out, though? With the signing of Calvin de Haan (more on that here from Dobber), maybe they see Faulk as a luxury to use in sheltered minutes on the third pair? Let him soak up secondary PP minutes behind Dougie Hamilton. Maybe not. We’ll see.
Anything more from Vegas?
The Golden Knights lost both James Neal and David Perron but did add Paul Stastny. They have been linked