Why they make sense: The Winnipeg Jets are the most exciting thing about Winnipeg. By a pretty significant margin too. For some reason, Winnipeg is on everyone’s no-trade list. But Karlsson would probably find playing with Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine on a Stanley Cup contender worth living and playing there.
Feasible trade: Without question, Jacob Trouba would have to be involved in the trade. He’s an excellent young defenseman who could help the Senators replace Karlsson. Trouba and the Jets nearly had a messy divorce several years ago, so a long-term deal isn’t likely. He’s a restricted free agent after this season, by the way.
Jack Roslovic should be a guy the Senators target. They are pretty set with centers, but you can never have too many centers. You can always have them play on the wing. And even if that doesn’t work out, there are always teams looking to get a center.
The Jets would also throw in their 2019 first-round pick. This is a pretty good package that would rely more on quality than quantity. If the Senators want more lesser prospects instead, the Jets are in a good position to offer that as well.
Why it wouldn’t happen: It’s Winnipeg. Nobody wants to be traded there (except for Paul Stastny). Not even Erik Karlsson.