New York Rangers
Why they make sense: Yes, the New York Rangers are rebuilding. However, in the back of their heads, they probably realize they’ve only got a year or two left of Henrik Lundqvist being a really good goalie. So would it be surprising in the slightest to see the Rangers enter the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes? Nope. Not at all.
Feasible trade: The Rangers could, in theory, offer three first-round picks to the Senators for Karlsson. This would allow them to get the two-time Norris Trophy winner without giving up any concrete assets! But realistically, that isn’t happening, even if the Rangers could theoretically afford to take on Bobby Ryan.
They will, however, throw in one first-round pick (probably their own since that will be the highest). In addition, the Rangers would throw in Brady Skjei and one of their young center prospects. Or, if Ottawa prefers, Kevin Hayes could be included in lieu of the young center. There would need to be some minor picks and prospects thrown in on both sides, but this is a good start.
Why it won’t happen: The Rangers seem pretty committed to rebuilding. It would make very little sense to trade their captain only to give up assets to acquire someone like Karlsson. I wouldn’t rule it out completely, but Jeff Gorton doesn’t seem to be the type of general manager who would pull off such a huge blockbuster. But be happy Rangers fans. You’re finally rebuilding and it appears you’re doing it the right way.