Update on the contract status of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, Oilers receive offers for first overall pick, and the latest on the Flames and Canadiens.
OTTAWA SUN: Contract negotiations between the Senators and the agent for defenseman Erik Karlsson have yet to begin, as sources claim Senators management isn’t in any hurry for “heated talks”. It’s possible a new CBA could have an effect upon what contract Karlsson ultimately receives from the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An offer sheet is possible if he’s still unsigned by July 1st, but unlikely. If Drew Doughty and Steven Stamkos didn’t get offer sheets last summer, Karlsson probably won’t get one this summer, especially with a new CBA on the horizon.
TSN.CA: Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini admitted receiving some “soft calls” expressing interest in his first round pick (first overall), but said it would take a significant offer to convince him to part with that pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, unless someone is willing to offer up a top young defenseman the caliber of Erik Karlsson or Drew Doughty, don’t expect Tambellini to part with that pick.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: reports Flames GM Jay Feaster may have a new head coach in Bob Hartley, but still has plenty on his plate this off-season, which include the upcoming entry draft, the contract buyout period later this month, and negotiating with his free agents.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: RFA defenseman Raphael Diaz hopes to return with the Canadiens next season.