I asked 10 beat writers in 10 different cities whether their respective teams would be interested in trading for Erik Karlsson.
Based on their answers, the San Jose Sharks might not have a lot of realistic trade partners for their 33-year-old superstar defenseman.
There’s no need to rehash why Karlsson’s trade value isn’t as high as you might think for a pending Norris Trophy winner. I discussed his massive contract and the challenges that presents at length in the new San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, including why I expect the San Jose Sharks to get a relatively low trade return for Karlsson.
Instead, let’s get right into teams that could be interested.
I asked 10 writers two questions: Is there an on-the-ice fit between Karlsson and their respective teams? And is there any way, assuming the San Jose Sharks retain on a significant portion of Karlsson’s contract, that their teams can fit him under the $83.5 million salary cap?
Mike Augello of Buffalo Hockey Now (Buffalo Sabres), Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars, Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now (Detroit Red Wings), Jason Gregor of Oilers Nation (Edmonton Oilers), George Richards of Florida Hockey Now (Florida Panthers), Austin Stanovich of Los Angeles Hockey Now (Los Angeles Kings), Andrew Fantucchio of NYI Hockey Now (New York Islanders), Murray Pam of Full Press Hockey (Ottawa Senators), John Barr of Sound of Hockey (Seattle Kraken), and David Alter of The Hockey News (Toronto Maple Leafs) answered the call.
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