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Sports Bobby Ryan on trade rumours with Erik Karlsson: ‘We thought we were gone’

18:36  13 march  2018
18:36  13 march  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Burrows scores in 3rd, Senators hold off Golden Knights

  Burrows scores in 3rd, Senators hold off Golden Knights LAS VEGAS - Prior to Monday's trade deadline, Vegas fans were hoping to pry two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. After Friday night, they probably can't wait to see him leave town. Karlsson had three assists, including one to Alexandre Burrows on his third-period winner, to lift Ottawa over the Golden Knights 5-4. Burrows, in his first game back from a 10-game suspension, redirected Karlsson's slap shot from the After Friday night, they probably can't wait to see him leave town.

Bobby Ryan , who was mentioned in trade rumours with Erik Karlsson , thought both he and the Senators' star And it turns out, Ryan believed he and Karlsson had been moved on Sunday, the day before the “Karl and I were like, ‘pack it up’. We thought we were gone . That’s just the way it goes .

Bobby Ryan , who was mentioned in trade rumours with Erik Karlsson , thought both he and the Senators’ star defenceman had been traded the night before the NHL trade deadline to a Western Conference team. We thought we were gone . That’s just the way it goes .

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Perhaps the biggest trade that didn’t happen at the Feb. 26 NHL deadline was the Ottawa Senators moving Erik Karlsson. The 27-year-old defenceman has one more season on his contract before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agent status and as the Ottawa Senators contemplate going into a rebuild, Karlsson is the player likely to bring back the most in a trade.

As the deadline approached, rumours swirled that Senators GM Pierre Dorion was trying to package Karlsson with Bobby Ryan to get the latter’s contract (four years left at $7.25 million) off the books. And it turns out, Ryan believed he and Karlsson had been moved on Sunday, the day before the deadline.

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Bobby Ryan , who was mentioned in trade rumours with Erik Karlsson , thought both he and the Senators’ star defenceman had been traded the night before the NHL trade deadline to a Western Conference team. We thought we were gone . That’s just the way it goes .

Bobby Ryan , who was mentioned in trade rumours with Erik Karlsson , thought both he and the Senators’ star defenceman had been traded the night before the NHL trade deadline to a Western Conference team. We thought we were gone . That’s just the way it goes .

According to an Ottawa Sun article by Don Brennan, Ryan thought they were headed to a Western Conference team.

“I heard on Sunday it was done and somebody backed out at the last second,” Ryan told Brennan. “Karl and I were like, ‘pack it up’. We thought we were gone. That’s just the way it goes. Then you’re like, I’ve got to move again?

“I guess I’ll just wait and see how it goes in the summer. That’s all you can do.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights were a Western Conference team often linked to Karlsson in rumours, and the Colorado Avalanche were a secondary team mentioned in the same breath.

The Senators were rumoured to be interested in making all sorts of deals, including the possibility of moving either Mark Stone or Mike Hoffman. In the end, the team traded Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh in a three-way deal that landed Ottawa goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson and two draft picks, then flipped Ian Cole and Nick Shore for prospect Nick Moutrey and a couple of picks.

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Bobby Ryan admitted Monday both he and Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson believed they had been dealt to a Western Conference team the day before the Feb. We thought we were gone . That’s just the way it goes . Then you’re like, I’ve got to move again?

They could be leveraging their cap space to get a draft pick or two for helping to facilitate a trade of the Senators captain. The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly acting as a third party in a potential Erik Karlsson trade .

After the deadline passed, owner Eugene Melnyk sent a letter to Senators fans in which he appeared to commit to rebuilding the team. The extent of this could be found out this summer, when more trades tend to happen since teams are looking to add to or re-shape their rosters, and can go over the cap by 10 per cent in the off-season.

“Enduring a tough year has given us a chance for clear-eyed evaluation. This is an ongoing process but I can tell you one thing: we are not looking to just tweak our lineup nor mortgage our future for stop-gap solutions,” Melnyk wrote.

“The kind of change required to reclaim our standing needs a change in approach, requires difficult decisions and commitment to a plan. As an organization, and community, it meant saying goodbye to some very good players this year – quality men who gave their all on the ice and in the community.“As a team, we need to get younger, faster and more skilled. We have already announced several key steps to making that happen.”

Hurricanes beat Senators 5-2 in Karlsson's return .
Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson made an emotional return to the ice Saturday in a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Playing his first game since he and his wife announced Tuesday that their son Axel had been stillborn, a visibly moved Karlsson waved as he received a huge ovation from Ottawa fans when announced as part of the Senators' starting lineup. The star defenceman almost scored when his slapshot went off the post just under four minutes into the game, but after that Cam Ward and the Hurricanes took over to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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