So there's a rumour that the Caps were in on Karlsson the entire time and that the reason our Carlson isn't signed yet is because he was almost traded to Ottawa for their Karlsson. Obviously that deal didn't happen. Caps first choice is still to re-sign Carlson but if he walks away in UFA, I think GMBM might make a play for Karlsson. Now I know the Sens want to package Ryan away as well in any Karlsson trade but I have to think that's just wishful thinking. Any team that wants Karlsson is a contender and no contender can take on Ryan's contract. So here's the trade. It's modeled after Pronger's trade to Anaheim, which is the closest comparable I think (star defenseman wants out) To OTT: Washington 1st 2018 (31st) Washington 1st 2019 Philipp Grubauer, G Andre Burakovsky, F Lucas Johansen, D (Capitals 2016 1st rounder) To WAS: Erik Karlsson (signed at 8x11) Grubauer can be flipped to NYI/CAR for another first rounder or kept around to replace Anderson. So basically 4 1sts plus a good young roster player. Karlsson is the best chance of the Caps repeating. Not only do they get the best defenseman in the NHL, they prevent any other potential rivals from getting him. Karlsson's extension would only kick in after next year when Orpik's contract is gone, so they actually have no cap problems.