It is no secret that Erik Karlsson would like to be traded to a playoff contender than being stuck on a rebuilding San Jose Sharks team.
The problem Sharks management have had in trying to trade Karlsson is his contract. Karlsson has a Sharks salary cap hit of $11.5 million for the next four seasons. You would think that would be a bargain for a defenseman coming off a 101 point (25g, 76a) season. But his age and potential decline of play in the next few years is an issue some teams have.
Hurricanes and Penguins interested in a Erik Karlsson trade
Dave Poulin was on TSN Radio 1050 and he was asked about Erik Karlsson and what teams would be interested in a trade. Poulin does not see a fit with the Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators as NHL rumors have suggested. Poulin feels Erik Karlsson will be traded to a team that needs offense.
Poulin went on to say in his radio hit that the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators make the most sense for a Karlsson landing spot.
All three teams are seeking offense and Karlsson is a player that creates the offense. The Hurricanes and Predators have the assets and salary cap space to complete a trade. The Penguins will have to trade out a contract to fit Karlsson’s cap hit into the Pens lineup.