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A Running Rumor: Erik Karlsson joining Tampa Bay Lightning

(WFLA) - Neither the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Ottawa Senators have confirmed a trade involving defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Shawn Simpson of TSN tweeted on Friday, "Regardless of how this plays out. That's 100% on me. I was told and said a deal was done, and only needed approval from the NHL. If that was the case, the deal would be done today. Sincere apologies to everyone."

He previously reported a deal between the two teams. 

It could still be in the works but, again, the teams are not publicizing anything at this point in time. 


Original story:

Shawn Simpson of TSN is reporting a deal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Ottawa Senators pending a call with the NHL office.

He says the deal will bring the Senators’ captain and star defenseman, Erik Karlsson, to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. The trade has not been confirmed by either team yet.  

WFLA is working to learn the details of the deal.

How much money will Karlsson earn over how many seasons?

Who did the Lightning trade for Karlsson?

Did any other teams get involved in the deal?

We do know Karlsson will be a dominate force on defense. If he is heading to Tampa Bay, he will be skating alongside Victor Hedman. It is a combination with the potential to disrupt any and all offensive threats.

The 28-year-old captain has played for the Senators for the past nine seasons. He is a two-time Norris Trophy winner. The award is given to the best defenseman in the league at the end of every season.

Victor Hedman is the most recent recipient of the award.

Hedman has 82 career goals and 282 career assists. He finished this past season with 63 points while Karlsson finished this past season with 62 points.

Karlsson does have higher career totals than Hedman with 126 goals and 392 assists.

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