Could the Erik Karlsson trade saga be reaching the finish line? NHL rumors had the Carolina Hurricanes, Seattle Kraken and Toronto Maple Leafs all being tied to a Karlsson trade.
It appears though, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the team that Norris Trophy defenseman Erik Karlsson could end up on.
Erik Karlsson trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins coming soon?
TSN.ca is reporting on it’s website that Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang want GM Kyle Dubas to make the trade. Letang has informed Dubas that he is willing to give up his spot on the #1 powerplay unit if the Pens do indeed make the Erik Karlsson trade.
San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier has stated that the team will not retain 50% of Karlsson’s salary if a trade is to happen. Even if the Sharks retain 20% of the Karlsson contract, the Penguins are still looking at a salary cap hit of $9.2 million a year.
It will be interesting to see how GM Kyle Dubas will bring in Karlsson at still a massive cap hit with no salary cap room to work with.