Rumor: Karlsson headed West?

TSN insider breaks down a MONSTER trade rumor that would transform this team into an instant Cup contender.

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2018 is here and of course, it comes with a load of resolutions and predictions! The PHT staff of NBC Sports have have offered up predictions for the next 12 months, and this one might be shocking to fans of the National Hockey League... especially the ones waiting for a miracle in Ottawa. 

According to Joey Alfieri, an insider for TSN, The Athletic and NBC Sports, star defenseman and captain of the Senators Erik Karlsson will be wearing an entirely different jersey in 2019. Alfieri predicts that Karlsson will be heading to the Dallas Stars in one of his shocking predictions. Here is what he says: 

"Erik Karlsson will be a member of the Dallas Stars before the calendar shifts to 2019: I realize that saying Karlsson won’t be a Senator isn’t exactly bold, but picking the team he’s going to is! The Stars could use a boost on defense and landing the best one in the game is as good as it gets. Marc Methot and Karlsson will be reunited in Big D!"

Can you imagine? Reports have hinted that Karlsson was very disappointed when the Sens did not protect Methot from the expansion draft and could be willing to reunite with him in Texas. 

Alfieri does not go deeper in his prediction as to what the Stars would have to give up in return for Karlsson, but this would be - without a doubt - quite a monster move.

What do you think? Is this blockbuster move even in the works?