When Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks he thought he would be playing for a Stanley Cup contending team. It has not worked out that way since he was traded four years ago in September 2018.
Karlsson has been injured, not produced they way he did in Ottawa and have been an awful +- player.
NHL trade rumors are now making the rounds that Karlsson could seek a trade out of San Jose.
Will the San Jose Sharks trade Erik Karlsson?
The San Jose Sharks would absolutely love to trade Erik Karlsson but his contract is not tradeable at the moment with a hefty $11.5 million Sharks salary cap hit for the next 5 years.
When Karlsson was asked by The Athletic’s Corey Masisak if he would like to be traded, it was a no from Karlsson.
Karlsson was also quoted as saying, he does not want to go through a rebuild and wants to be on a playoff contending team. Do you think he is jealous of his buddy Brent Burns going to Carolina?
Remember what the Sharks gave up in the Erik Karlsson trade?
Looking back at the Erik Karlsson trade, the Sharks received Karlsson and forward prospect Francis Perron.
The Ottawa Senators received, forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, the rights to unsigned forward Josh Norris, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft or 2020 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, and two conditional draft picks.
The Senators ended up getting the 2020 3rd overall pick, which ended up being Tim Stuetzle.
It is fair to say that the Ottawa Senators won the Erik Karlsson trade and that is rare to find these days when a star player is traded for prospects and draft picks.