NHL Trade Rumors: How every team could trade for Erik Karlsson

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: {L-R} John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars and Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators warm-up prior to the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: {L-R} John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars and Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators warm-up prior to the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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Vancouver Canucks

Why they make sense: Jim Benning tried to get P.K. Subban and got fined for it after being a blabbermouth. The Vancouver Canucks are rebuilding. But Benning has no idea what a rebuilding team does. He’s a choose your own adventure book. The Canucks would definitely try to get Karlsson, no matter how silly it might sound.

Feasible trade: Ottawa would have to accept a return of primarily prospects. Chris Tanev is a trade candidate, but his health history should give the Senators pause. The funny thing about the Canucks is they’re a rebuilding team that doesn’t have too many draft picks.

However, the good news is the one thing Vancouver has is top-tier prospects. Olli Juolevi, Adam Gaudette, and Kole Lind would be a nice trio for Ottawa to target. The Canucks would also have to throw in a first-round pick here. Now, this might sound like a lot. But keep in mind the Canucks can’t offer any NHL ready prospects.

Why this won’t happen: Benning will once again ruin everything. He’ll get fined for tampering and the trade would be delayed. However, after oversleeping and missing a meeting with Dorion to finalize the trade, Dorion would just give up and go somewhere else. Such is the life of general manager Jim Benning.