There were a lot of NHL trade rumors going around about Erik Karlsson prior to the NHL trade deadline if the San Jose Sharks will be able to trade him.
Ultimately a trade could not be completed because teams could just not fit Karlsson’s Sharks salary cap hit.
Karlsson, 32, has four more years left on his contract with an annual average value of $11.5 million. He is having a Norris Trophy season and currently on pace for 103 points.
What teams will make a trade for Erik Karlsson
San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier had a few deals tabled to him at the trade deadline but the Sharks were not willing to eat a big portion of Karlsson’s salary cap hit.
Kevin Dupont of The Boston Globe reports the Edmonton Oilers were ready to make a trade but the Sharks had to eat 40% of his remaining contract. The Sharks said no to that scenario.
Once the offseason hits, the Oilers and and a plethora of other teams will have more cap space to work with Karlsson’s contract.