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Erik Karlsson's Time in San Jose Ending Soon According to Reports

Published June 25, 2023 at 9:16 PM
BY DAVID MACINTYRE
     
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Erik Karlsson's Time in San Jose Ending Soon According to Reports



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Erik Karlsson's days as a San Jose Shark appear to be numbered. The Swedish defensive stalwart has had an up-and-down time since his 2018 trade to NoCal from the Ottawa Senators, but his 101-point campaign was a new career high, earning him a fifth Norris Trophy nomination. That said, it looks like he's officially on the move once again, according to recent comments he made ahead of tomorrow's NHL Awards.


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According to Sportsnet's Luke Fox, Karlsson has stated his desire to be traded to a contender «as soon as possible,» but without any firm timeframe for a deal to happen. The two-time Norris winner is under contract until 2027 with a full no-movement clause at an AAV of $11.5 million. The 33-year-old's contract will be difficult to move, but there's already strong interest around the league for his services.


I think there's a lot of teams that want to do it. Not necessarily a lot of teams that can do it I'm not looking to be greedy. I'm not looking to do what's best for me personally. I want it professionally to be a good situation. That's what I'm going to base my decision off, and I hope that obviously, sooner or later, we can figure out what those options are.


Despite his age and his ultra-high price tag (both with his cap hit and the expected return in a trade), Karlsson could very well win his third Norris tomorrow, and that alone should have teams lining up and figuring out cap gymnastics to get him.

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