REPORT | Erik Karlsson reveals the four teams he's had trade conversations with

Published July 22, 2023 at 1:10 PM
After receiving his the Guldpucken, which is given annually to the best Swedish hockey player, San Jose Sharks defenceman sat down for an interview with Expressen and said that he's been in contact with four teams about a potential trade.

Those four teams are - the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Seattle Kraken and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I've talked to the people I need to talk to in Pittsburgh and Dubas is of course one of them. It feels like I've tried to get as much information as I can from the teams that are interesting. How they look at me, what they want. I will try to make a decision based on the information I received. I want to make the best decision for me and my family, if this goes all the way." Karlsson said.

When asked if Carolina was one of the teams, he responded with "Yep."

Along with the Hurricanes and Penguins, who have been named as the two front-runners for the reigning Norris Trophy winner, the Seattle Kraken and Toronto Maple Leafs also appear to be in the mix.

"I have spoken with Seattle, yes, also some with Toronto. There have been a few more teams as well." Karlsson said.

The 33-year-old is coming off an historic season, becoming only the sixth defenceman in National Hockey League history to put up 100 or more points in a single campaign, joining Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Brian Leetch and Denis Potvin. In 82 games, the Landsbro, Sweden native had 101 points (25 goals, 76 assists), 36 penalty minutes and was a minus-26.

Karlsson has four years remaining on his contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $11.5 million. The Sharks aren't keen on retaining 50% of his contract, so the most likely scenario will be a three-team deal with another team eating a portion of his salary. Karlsson is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2027.

Of the four teams Karlsson has spoken to, which would be the best fit? Have your say in the poll below!

Source: Expressen
July 22   |   221 answers
REPORT | Erik Karlsson reveals the four teams he's had trade conversations with

Which team would be the best fit for Erik Karlsson?

Carolina Hurricanes6228.1 %
Pittsburgh Penguins6730.3 %
Seattle Kraken4118.6 %
Toronto Maple Leafs5123.1 %
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