Kyle Dubas nearly landed Erik Karlsson on July 1. He should keep trying. This is a risk worth taking.
Here’s what I know about the Penguins’ pursuit of Karlsson and why I believe they should keep trying to land him: https://t.co/fKDSBhrbpM
– Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) July 6, 2023
That said, despite Karlsson’s great season, the Sharks haven’t had a great campaign, and they’re not likely to become competitive again in the short term, so the club has openly declared that it’s ready to trade the defenseman.
That said, the Sharks defenseman comes with a whopping $11.5 million cap hit for each of the next four seasons. And since the Penguins are already $1.5 million over the salary cap, they’ll have to come up with the cash if they want to get their hands on Karlsson (even with a portion of his salary withheld).
And that’s precisely why a guy like Jeff Petry needs to keep a close eye on the matter right now. The defenseman, who has a cap hit of $6.25 million for the next two seasons, would probably be one of those who would head for San Jose, Yohe believes.
This isn’t the first time his name has come up in San Jose, by the way.
Eleven months later, we realize just how good a move Kent Hughes made → https://t.co/esx7pqkleE
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 28, 2023
On the other hand, the Sharks still had to be off his list of 15 teams he refused to be traded to. And considering he wanted to get closer to his native Michigan via trade, it’s far from impossible that he’d put a California team (which has been taking a nose dive for the past few years, to boot) on his list.
There’s also the possibility of trading Petry away from San Jose if the Sharks are on his list, but his contract and underperformance mean that he shouldn’t attract a ton of teams. Meanwhile, Mike Matheson is a superb surprise in Montreal.
In short, we’ll see if Dubas finds a way to bring Karlsson to town, but clearly, that seems to be his goal right now. It remains to be seen whether a guy like Petry will go the other way.
🏒 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard on his new contract with the @CanadiensMTL.
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Leafs prospect Roni Hirvonen with some silky mitts 🧤🤯
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– He’s quite the field hockey player.