Usually, by July 6th, the dust has settled on free agency. Most players are already back in the weight room. The insiders, General Managers, scouts and basically everyone else are off to the cottages. It’s officially the quiet time around the NHL.
Except that it isn’t. The Erik Karlsson saga continues to rage on and the hockey world waits around with baited breath. It’s truly been a story for the ages. A prime-aged, generational talent being dangled out to the wolves by his woefully inept organization.
First, it’s the Dallas Stars who are pegged as the front-runner. The apparent hitch being whether or not Karlsson would sign an extension. And if not, would the Stars be willing to sacrifice their top prospect in Miro Heiskanen?
The next moment, the Tampa Bay Lightning have pulled on their big boy shorts and appear to be inching closer to the finish line. TBay appears to be the one spot that can assuredly extend the wildly consistent Swedish blueliner.
Regardless of who lands Karlsson, the fantasy implication will be far-reaching. Let’s break down the top contenders and what it would mean to their respected squads if he pulled on their sweater next fall.