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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion could be the busiest GM between now and Monday’s NHL trade deadline, but if captain Erik Karlsson has even a remote chance of being traded, interest is sure to amplify.

Karlsson is the latest to join TSN Hockey’s Trade Bait board, though he remains a longshot to be dealt before the 3 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday the Senators have received a “high level of interest” and that Dorion is “aggressively listening” to offers on arguably the best defenceman in the NHL.

It will reportedly take no less than a “king’s ransom” to land Karlsson before the deadline, a package that includes as many as five, six or even seven pieces, some mix impact roster players with high draft picks and prospects. The haul may also mean a team having to take on Bobby Ryan’s contract, which has four seasons remaining at a $7.25 million cap hit.

That the price is so high is perhaps an indication that the Senators have little interest in trading Karlsson. Ultimately, this may be a move that waits until the off-season – if at all.

Karlsson is eligible to sign an extension as early as July 1. He is in the final year of a seven-year, $45-million deal.

The 27-year-old Karlsson was asked by the Senators to submit his list of 10 teams to which he would not accept a trade to in early December.

Karlsson has more points this season (41) than any other player on TSN’s Trade Bait board and that’s during a down season on the heels of a significant off-season ankle surgery. He has averaged 74 points per year over each of his last five full seasons.

One other new name to join the list is injured St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri. Teams have inquired about Fabbri’s availability while he rehabs his left knee, which was reinjured in training camp following surgery to repair a torn ACL last February. Fabbri, 22, has not played a game in more than a calendar year, but teams would like to try and buy low as he attempts to resume his promising career.

One name not on the board but available before the deadline is veteran Jarome Iginla, who was spotted training with the AHL’s Providence Bruins on Tuesday. Iginla, 40, has made it all the way back from hip surgery and would like to continue playing in the NHL. He must sign a contract before Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline in order to be eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Here is TSN Hockey’s latest Top 45 Trade Bait list, whose ranking always seeks to blend the likelihood of a trade with a player’s prominence:
 

The Top 45

 
Trend Player Pos Age Cap Hit GP G PTS Years Clause
  1. Rick Nash, NYR  LW 33 $7.8M 60 18 28 UFA M-NTC
  2. Mike Green, DET RD 32 $6M 56 6 29 UFA NTC
  3. Derick Brassard, OTT C 30 $5M 56 17 35 1 M-NTC
  4. Patrick Maroon, EDM LW 29 $1.5M 56 14 30 UFA  
Embedded Image 5. Erik Karlsson, OTT RD 27 $6.5M 53 5 41 1 M-NTC
  6. Evander Kane, BUF LW 26 $5.25M 60 19 39 UFA  
  7. Michael Grabner, NYR LW 30 $1.65M 59 25 31 UFA  
  8. Mark Letestu, EDM C 32 $1.8M 57 8 18 UFA  
  9. Mike Hoffman, OTT LW 28 $5.19M 58 16 39 2 M-NTC
  10. Jack Johnson, CBJ LD 31 $4.35M 59 3 8 UFA  
  11. Max Domi, ARI C/LW 22 $1.36M 59 4 26 RFA  
  12. Thomas Vanek, VAN LW 33 $2M 59 16 40 UFA  
  13. Zack Smith, OTT C/LW 29 $3.25M 44 4 16 3 M-NTC
  14. Ryan McDonagh, NYR LD 28 $4.7M 49 2 26 1 M-NTC
  15. Tomas Plekanec, MTL C 35 $6M 58 5 21 UFA  
  16. Derek Ryan, CAR C 31 $1.45M 58 11 26 UFA  
Embedded Image 17. Max Pacioretty, MTL LW 29 $4.5M 58 16 35 1  
  18. Jeff Skinner, CAR LW 25 $5.73M 60 20 37 1 NMC
  19. Alex Galchenyuk, MTL LW 23 $4.9M 58 12 34 2  
  20. J-G Pageau, OTT C 25 $3.1M 54 8 20 4  
  21. Luke Glendening, DET C 28 $1.8M 46 8 14 3  
  22. Boone Jenner, CBJ C 24 $2.9M 52 5 17 RFA  
  23. Andrew Shaw, MTL C/RW 26 $3.9M 43 10 19 4  
  24. Jordan Kyrou, STL C/RW 19 $894K 0 0 0 3 Slide
Embedded Image 25. Robby Fabbri, STL LW 22 $1.1M 0 0 0 RFA  
  26. Johnny Oduya, OTT LD 36 $2M 49 4 8 UFA M-NTC
  27. Gustav Nyquist, DET RW 28 $4.75M 58 16 28 1 NTC
  28. Aaron Dell, SJS G 28 $625K 24 2.51 0.917 UFA  
  29. Jon Gillies, CGY G 24 $725K 2 4.35 0.815 RFA  
Embedded Image 30. Bobby Ryan, OTT LW 30 $7.25M 39 7 20 4 M-NTC
  31. Matt Hunwick, PIT LD 32 $2.25M 35 3 7 2  
  32. Benoit Pouliot, BUF LW 31 $1.15M 55 11 15 UFA  
  33. Josh Leivo, TOR LW 24 $613K 12 1 3 1  
  34. Tommy Wingels, CHI RW 29 $750K 53 7 12 UFA  
Embedded Image 35. Tomas Tatar, DET LW 27 $5.3M 57 15 26 3  
  36. Blake Comeau, COL RW 31 $2.4M 55 10 22 UFA  
  37. Ben Hutton, VAN LD 24 $2.8M 50 0 6 1  
  38. Matt Cullen, MIN C 41 $1.7M 57 6 15 UFA  
  39. Nic Petan, WPG C 22 $863K 12 1 1 RFA  
  40. Robin Lehner, BUF G 26 $4M 44 2.95 0.910 RFA  
  41. Antoine Vermette, ANA C 35 $1.75M 59 8 16 UFA M-NTC
  42. Frank Vatrano, BOS LW 23 $925K 25 2 2 RFA  
  43. Xavier Ouellet, DET LD 24 $1.25M 35 0 4 1  
  44. Danny DeKeyser, DET LD 27 $5M 41 4 7 4 NTC
  45. Tyson Barrie, COL RD 26 $5.5M 44 5 31 2  
 

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