Thursday was a strong night for players with the last name Karlsson … except William of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He sort of rained on the thematic parade.
Erik Karlsson topped the charts, as he’s known to do (especially among Karlssons). He scored two goals and grabbed an assist – while flirting heavily with a hat trick – in the Ottawa Senators’ 3-0 win against William’s Blue Jackets.
The juiciest stuff probably comes from Darren Dreger, who lists these five teams as the biggest bidders so well:
Winnipeg Jets: Mentioned first because, as Hamonic’s most immediate NHL market, it’s believed to be his preference.
Dreger does note that it’s “relatively early” in the process and mentions that Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers may be the sort of guys the Islanders are asking for in a trade with Winnipeg (which may be too expensive for the Jets’ liking).
Pierre LeBrun points out that Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has “coveted” Hamonic even before the affordable defenseman was on the market.
That said, if a move would require Darnell Nurse being part of the package, it probably wouldn’t work out.
Dreger notes that Hamonic’s agent has been given permission to speak with interested general managers, so perhaps that group of five top suitors may swell.
There’s clearly plenty of interest in the blueliner, at least off the record.
Good Insider Trading segment tonight on TSN. Hamonic's agent (Epp) permitted to speak with GM's about potential trade among topics.