Gather round for some good, old-fashioned speculation.
The Dallas Stars are currently holding training camp in Boise, Idaho.
General manager Jim Nill could lose his job during or after this season, depending on how things shake out.
Getting a long-time deal done with Tyler Seguin, the team’s most talented forward, would certainly mitigate some pressure. The two sides are reportedly inching closer towards a massive extension that will likely make Seguin one of, if not the highest-paid player in the game.
But there might be another major roster move on the immediate horizon.
On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s John Buccigross tweeted this somewhat cryptic photo.
Buccigross is a well-known hockey aficionado who is pretty in-tune with what’s going on in and around the NHL.
Karlsson is one of the best defensemen in the league, especially in the offensive zone. The 29-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and is due for a huge payday. But still would be be a major, major addition to any lineup.
Early this past July, the Stars reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to acquire Karlsson. However, the talks broke down over the Senators’ demand for defenseman Miro Heiskaen, the Stars’ top prospect.
Anothe report stated Karlsson would accept a trade to the Stars, as well as the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning.
By all media accounts, the Senators are a mess of an organization and are almost certain to deal their best player. And the longer they wait, the lower his accquistion cost becomes.
It’s impossible to say which team, if any, is the front-runner to land Karlsson’s talents at this moment.
Nill has shouldered a fair amount of criticism for some of his roster moves. But if he can land a star without having to sacrifice an elite prospect, then his gamble during the offseason will could pay off in a big way.